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10 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe from Poison
Before having children, I never gave poison or poison control in my household a second thought. Now as a mother, it is something that I constantly worry about.
There are things all over my house that I have to lock up or get rid of once I read the ingredients.
National Poison Prevention Week is coming up and with countless potential hazards in every household, this is always a timely topic that can truly help save a life.
Check out these tips from California Poison Control:
1. Fast, free and expert help or information 24/7 for emergencies or questions about poison at 1-800-222-1222. Program that number into all phones.
2. Interpreters are available at all times for over 100 languages.
3. www.pillsvscandy.org – a fun online game iPhone and Android app that can be played with the whole family. Can you tell the difference between pills and candy?
4. Sign up for free weekly home and family safety tips. Text TIPS to 69866.
5. Free weekly tips are also available in Spanish by texting PUNTOS to 69866.
6. CPCS has an active Facebook page where consumers can get news and share information https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Poison-Control-System/50673939651. Look for cool giveaways.
7. CPCS has twitter account @poisoninfo engaging moms and dads, nonprofit organizations and others. CPCS stages intermittent “15 Minutes with an Expert” on Twitter where followers can ask a medical toxicologist anything over a 15 minute period.
8. Consumers can share a poison prevention message with a friend by customizing and sending an e-card at www.calpoisonecards.org.
9. Check out CPCS’s YouTube channel for English and Spanish videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/PoisonInfo?blend=4&ob=0.
10. Lead can still be found in new and used children’s products, like toys, backpacks, lunchboxes and jewelry. Find out about product recalls and tested products at www.healthystuff.org.
National Poison Prevention Week, established by the U.S. Congress in 1961 to promote poison prevention, will mark its 51st year beginning the week of March 18, 2012. California Poison Control System http://www.calpoison.org (CPCS) is the largest single provider of poison control services in the U.S. and California’s primary source for treatment advice and information in case of poison exposure for both consumers and health professionals. CPCS offers a variety of free services to prevent poisoning.