Health Tip – June 9 – Keep Young Children Safe From Poisoning
Keep young children safe from poisoning by being prepared. Put the poison control number, 1-800-222-1222, on or near every home telephone and save it on your cell phone. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Store all medicines and household products up and away and out of sight in a childproof cabinet where a child cannot reach them.
When you are taking or giving medicines, do not put the next dose on the counter or table where children can reach them—it only takes seconds for a child to get them.
If you have to do something else while taking medicine, such as answer the phone, take any young children with you or take the medicine with you.
Secure the child safety cap completely every time you use a medicine.
After using them, do not leave medicines or household products out. As soon as you are done with them, put them away and out of sight in a childproof cabinet where a child cannot reach them.
Be aware of any legal or illegal drugs that guests may bring into your home. Ask guests to store drugs where children cannot find them. Children can easily get into pillboxes, purses, backpacks, or coat pockets.
Also, identify poisonous plants in your house and yard and place them out of reach of children or remove them.
If poisoning does occur, remain calm. Call 911 if you have a poison emergency and the victim has collapsed or is not breathing. If the victim is awake and alert, call Poison Control.
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