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NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK
March 20 -26, 2022
Each year, during the third full week in March, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) hosts National Poison Prevention Week. It is a week dedicated to raising awareness to poison control centers and the Poison Help Hotline (1-800-222-1222).
The Washington State Poison Control Center receives more than 64,000 calls each year, the majority of which are about people coming into contact with dangerous or potentially dangerous substances. The rest were calls for information.
More than 90% of poisonings happen in the home. Over 50% of the cases involved children six years of age and under. To prevent poisonings, check each room in your home. For a detailed Home Safety Checklist, visit the AAPCC’s website. Here some key home safety tips:
- Keep cleaning products, and cosmetics up and away from children
- Read product labels before each use
- Supervise young children when using hand sanitizer
- Don’t mix cleaning products together
First Aid Tips:
- For any exposure, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222
- Skin contact: Wash area thoroughly with soap and water
- Eye exposure: Thoroughly rinse for 20 minutes
- Ingestion or swallowed: Call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222
The medical professionals (nurses and pharmacists) at the Poison Control Center can help you with:
- Assistance with determining whether a 9-1-1 response is warranted
- Treatment recommendations and instructions
- Follow-up calls with the patient or caller as needed
The advice and information provided by poison control centers is confidential, free, provided by experts, and available 24/7! For more information, you can visit the Washington State Poison Control Center’s website.
- Julie Happy