Poison Control Prevention Week
National Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25, 2023
Call poison help if you think:
- A medicine was not taken as directed
- Too much medicine was taken by accident
The Tricounty Health department works with the Utah Poison Control Center to prevent and decrease any adverse health effects from toxic exposures by providing educational materials that the UPCC provides. The materials include Poison Prevention for Babysitters, Home Safety Guide, Plant Poisoning Prevention, Bites & Stings Safety & First Aid, What does your child see, and Preventing Caron monoxide poisoning.
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Accidents are Preventable
Each year the Utah Poison Control Center receives more than 25,000 phone calls about children who have eaten, inhaled or touched dangerous household products.
Here are some reminders to help you keep children safe:
- Use products with child-resistant caps. Remember that child-resistant is not child proof. Given enough time, children can open most containers.
- Most accidents occur while products are in use. Leep items in your hands or in a safe storage place.
- Keep products in opigina containers. Children will dring from familiar containers – like sports drink bottles – even if they do not know what is in them.
- Do not allow children to play with medicine containers.
- Do not take medicine in front of children.
- Be aware of medicines used by family and friends. They may need help planning safe storage.
Be vigilant. Many children who are poisoned have been taught to avoid dangerous substances. Children are also capable of clibing and reaching.