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Poison Prevention Week

posted Mar 19, 2012, 6:55 AM by H. Connor   [ updated Mar 19, 2012, 7:00 AM ]

U.S. poison centers answer more than four million calls each year. That’s one call every eight seconds!

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.

Spread the Word!  In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, EPA urges parents and caregivers to help raise awareness of the dangers of poisonings.  It is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent poisonings.  We encourage you to post Administrator Jackson’s video message about poison prevention on your website.  To see the message, click here:

Prevention is Key!  Accidental poisonings are preventable.  Re-seal pesticides, other household chemicals, and medications and keep them away from children.

Call First!  The Poison Help line (800-222-1222) connects you to experts at your local poison center 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  Help is available in more than 150 languages.  Program the poison help line number into your phone and post it near your phone.

Use and Store Products Safety!  Store all household products up high, out of children’s reach, in locked cabinet.  Use child resistant safety latches.  Read the label first and follow product instructions.

Visit EPA’s poison prevention website for free consumer resources to help raise awareness about preventing poisonings and exposures to household cleaners and pesticides in your home and community: