Day #1 of National Poison Prevention Week - Children Act Fast....So Do Poisons

By Leslie Terjesen on Monday, March 21, 2016

Not only are children naturally curious, but they also act fast.It takes only seconds for a child to get a hold of something dangerous.

In 2014, just under half of the 2.9 million exposure cases managed bypoison centers involved children younger than six. Of those cases, cosmetics/personal care products,household cleaning substances, and analgesics (pain relievers)were the top three substance categories involved. It’s imperative that parents and caregivers take extra precautions to protect children from beingexposed to potentially poisonous substances.

The best way to be prepared for poison emergencies is by programming the Poison Help number into your phone, 1-800-222-1222, and posting is somewhere visible in your home.