Awareness Tips for National Poison Prevention Week
CBW has been helping you find the way home since 1936, but we also want your home to be a safe place for you and your loved ones.
In honor of National Poison Prevention Week 2022 (March 21-25), we thought we might take a moment to go over some poison prevention facts.
When it comes to safety in the home, poison prevention is often overlooked when compared to other hazards. However, it's important to be aware of possible issues that can arise, especially if there are children living in the home.
Here are some of the facts:
In 2014, there were 56 poison centers dealing with almost three million reports of exposure to poison in the U.S. Just under half of these cases involved children under the age of six. The rest were adolescents and adults.
On average, there was a call placed to a poison control center in the U.S. every eleven seconds in 2014. The personnel manning the poison control centers are medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and pharmacists with training in the prevention and treatment of poisons.
In 2014, over half the calls made to poison control centers concerned the ingestion of medications and pharmaceuticals. The rest were calls concerning exposure to household products, pesticides, animal and insect bites, gases like carbon monoxide, and even the consumption of wild mushrooms.
Just over seventy percent of the calls to poison control in 2014 originated from homes. The rest came from healthcare installations, workplaces, and schools.
So, how can you make sure your home is safe for your loved ones?
Make sure your cleaning products and other potentially hazardous materials are stored in a safe place where they don’t pose a risk of exposure. In homes with children, it’s vital to baby proof cabinets where poisonous materials are stored.
Often, cleaning supplies and other materials are colorful and contained in bottles. To a young child, it could be easy to confuse this with a bottle of juice or other beverage. Just be aware of this and make sure any hazardous materials are kept out of a child's reach.
If you ever store any type of materials in containers other than the ones they came in from the store, make sure they are clearly marked. Some consumer like to mix their own cleaning materials in plain spray bottles. If you happen to do this, just use clear labels and store them accordingly for safety.
For this year’s National Poison Prevention Week, take some time to make sure your home is a safe place for your loved ones. You'll be glad you did!