Coming Up: Poison Prevention Week

Next week (March 16 – 22) is National Poison Prevention Week, and ArnotHealth prides itself on taking a proactive stance in educating both children and their parents on how to keep accidents from happening.

Did you know:

  • 94% of all poisonings happen in the home.
  • 51% of calls to poison centers involve children 5 years of age and younger.
  • Most poisoning accidents involve common household products, such as: medicines, cleaning products, cosmetics, plants, pesticides, craft and office supplies, and tobacco products.
  • Last year, 6000 children under 5 years of age ingested laundry detergent “pods.” More than half were treated in emergency departments for symptoms such as vomiting, oral burns, respiratory distress, etc., and one child died. (Source:; Poison Prevention Newsletter, Sept. 2013)
  • Studies show that adults are using more medications. So, calls to poison centers about children accidentally ingesting medicine have also been increasing steadily.

The Upstate Poison Center offers these Poison Prevention Tips:

  • Keep all household chemical products and medicines out of reach and out of sight of children.
  • Store medicines and household products separately and NEVER with food products.
  • Keep items in the bottle, box, or jar that they came in.
  • Use safety packaging properly.
  • Be sure to close containers tightly after use.
  • Leave labels on all products, and read labels before using.
  • Refer to medicine as “medicine” and not “candy.”

Wherever you are in the continental United States, one number will reach the nearest poison center, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day: 1-800-222-1222. The Upstate New York Poison Center is also a great source of support and information. Click here to download their poison safety checklist.


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