Additional Safety Precautions offer by Officials during National Poison Prevention Week

In observance of National Poison Prevention Week, which kicked off  on Sunday, the Palmetto Poison Center is asking parents to take additional safety precautions.

Poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the US, with most of these deaths due to drug and medicine misuse and abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The Palmetto Poison Center said everyday household products can also be extremely dangerous if consumed or mixed.

The PPC said new parents and caregivers are often unaware of these dangers, who are not accustomed to having small children in the home and should follow these poison prevention tips to reduce the risk of accidental poisonings:

  • Keep all household products and medicines locked up, and out of sight and reach.
  • Use child resistant packaging properly by closing the container securely after use.
  • When any product is in use, keep it in sight.
  • Walking away from it only briefly can lead to an exposure.
  • Keep all items in their original containers.
  • Read the label before using any product or medicine.
  • Avoid taking medicine in front of children. They love to imitate adults.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222 for free, confidential information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

From all countries in South Carolina the PPC received over 30,000 calls in 2014 and over half of the calls were for exposures in children under the age of 6 years.

It’s advisable to follow whatever precautions presented here. We always need to be reminded of the proper steps to take when we are faced with difficult situation especially if there is toxicity involved in it. By fo9llowing the instructions you will be able to safeguard against poisonous objects not only   yourself but your own family as well.

Remember, there are poisonous materials found almost everywhere. Dealing with them correctly will keep you away from danger.


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