Did you know that poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States? President John F. Kennedy declared the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week back in 1962, in an effort to raise awareness about the fatal dangers of poisonings. National Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26. Chesapeake Systems Service, Inc. is here with some tips to help you ensure your home is safe from unintentional poisonings.
How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to have carbon monoxide detectors installed within your home. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, odorless gas that has claimed the lives of many people who weren’t equipped for its detection. Learn more about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors here.
How to Prevent Accidentally Poisoning Children
There are several items within your home that could be potentially hazardous to small children (or pets) if ingested. Children have a knack for getting into areas and accessing items that aren’t intended for them, and poisons work fast. To prevent accidentally poisoning children, make sure you have child safety mechanisms on all of your cabinetry. Make sure the following items are cleared from counters and stored safely up and away from the potential reach of a child: fragrance oils, aerosol sprays, cosmetics, batteries, magnets, and small ingestible objects.
Poison Help: Who to Call
It is good practice to make yourself aware of who to call in the event of a poison emergency, especially if you have children and pets. If you are afraid your child or pet has ingested something potentially dangerous or if you need more information about potential poisons, there are resources available to you. You should have the following numbers on display within your home making it simple for a babysitter, pet sitter, or family member to access the info:
- Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222
- ASPCA Animal Control Poison Control Center (APCC): 888-426-4435
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