National Poison Prevention Week Raises Awareness of Poison Prevention
Hospital calls for awareness poisonous substances around the house.

March 16 – 22 is National Poison Prevention Week, according to Joy Henry, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Faith Community Hospital.  For over 30 years, Poison Prevention Week has focused on preventing poisonings among children under six years of age and they should remain the primary focus of concern.  But, accidental poisonings can happen to anyone, according to the Poison Prevention Week Council.

    “Even the most observant parent can be distracted, and a child can quickly find a poisonous substance,” Henry, said.  “For that reason alone, adults must make sure that household chemicals, and prescription and nonprescription drugs are stored away from children at all times.  It is also important to know what to do in the case poisoning occurs.  Many times this information is right on the package label.

    Safety packaging of medicines and household chemical products has reduced the number of accidental poisoning of youngsters, but children are not the only ones at risk.  “Poisonings can also happen to older people who cannot read labels or who fail to follow instructions,” Henry said.  “Always leave medicines and hazardous chemicals in their original packaging.  Never store them in unmarked containers or containers that are easily recognizable with a food or beverage products,” she said.

 When you store poisonous materials in any container make sure that it is carefully and permanently labeled.  When disposing of poisons, make sure that you follow the recommended disposal guidelines to insure that children and animals cannot get into the packaging.  The Poison Control telephone number is 1-800-POISON1 (1-800-764-7661).

    The best way to prevent accidental poisoning is to check your home for dangerous substances, be sure that all medicines and household cleaners are stored out of reach of children, and read labels carefully.  Frank Beaman, CEO of Faith Community Hospital urges people to contact their pharmacist or healthcare provider  if they have a question about medications or other substances.