March is National Poison Prevention Month. Take a minute and tune in to this recording with Emily Jewkes, BRHD Health Educator, for a refresher on what to do within your home to prevent poisoning and what to do in case of poisoning. It’s never too late to freshen up your poison prevention safety tips!

Keep Cleaners and Other Toxic Products Out of Reach

  • Store all household products out of children’s sight and reach. Young kids are often at eye-level with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. So any bleach, detergents, dishwasher liquid, or cleaning solutions that are kept there should be moved to a new storage location.
  • Install child safety locks on cabinets where you have stored poisonous items. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.
  • Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, lead, art supplies, alcohol, and carbon monoxide.
  • Don’t leave poisonous products unattended while in use. Many incidents happen when adults are distracted for a moment on the phone or at the door.
  • Keep cleaning products in their original containers. Never put a potentially poisonous product in something other than its original container (such as a plastic soda bottle) where it could be mistaken for something else.
  • Throw away old medicines and other potential poisons. Check your garage, basement, and other storage areas for cleaning and work supplies you no longer need and can discard.

Check Your Purse for Potential Hazards

  • Be aware of any medications or makeup that may be in your handbag. Store handbags out of the reach of young children.

Use Original, Child-Resistant Packaging

  • Buy child-resistant packages when available.
  • Keep products in their original packages to avoid confusion.

Keep Medicines Up and Away

  • Make sure that all medications, including vitamins, are stored out of reach and out of sight of children.
  • Even if you are tempted to keep the medicine handy because you have to give another dose in a few hours, don’t leave it on the counter between dosing. Always put medicines and vitamins away after every use.

Have Poison Prevention on Speed Dial

  • Program the toll-free number for the Poison Control Center (800-222-1222) into your home and cell phone and post it nearyour phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter. Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but it’s nice to have just in case.
  • Poison control centers offer fast, free, confidential help in English and Spanish. Most poisonings are resolved over the phone. The number works from anywhere in the United States 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • If you suspect your child has been poisoned, call poison control. If your child has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911.
  • Do not make the child vomit or give him anything unless directed by a professional.

Information provided by Safe Kids Worldwide