March is Poison Prevention Month. The toll free number for Poison Control is 1-800-222-1222.
Regional Medical Center at Memphis Injury Prevention offers the following household poison prevention tips.
Store potentially poisonous household products and medications locked out of your child’s sight and reach.
- Read labels to find out what is poisonous. Unsafe household products include toilet cleaners, bleach, oven cleaners and dishwasher products. Other potential hazards include medicines, makeup, plants, toys, pesticides, art supplies and alcohol.
- Never leave poisonous products unattended while in use. Many incidents happen when adults are distracted for a moment on the phone or at the door. Be aware of poisons that may be in your handbag. Store handbags out of the reach of young children.
- Do not mix cleaning products.
- Buy child-resistant packages when available.
- Keep products in their original packages to avoid confusion.
- Use child safety locks on cabinets where you have stored poisonous items.
Learn the toll-free nationwide poison control center number (1-800-222-1222) and keep it near every phone.
If you suspect your child has been poisoned, take the product to the phone and call 1-800-222-1222.
If your child has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911.
SOURCE: Safe Kids USA