National Poison Prevention Week this year is March 17-23. To help raise awareness on the topic Sherrie Pace from Utah Poison Control Center joined Good Morning Utah to talk about some of the things you can do to avoid accidental poisonings.
The UPCC managed over 43,000 poison calls last year alone. While 60% of exposures in Utah involve children younger than 6 years of age, poisonings can happen at any age.
To help prevent poisonings, UPCC offers the following recommendations:
- Be prepared for an emergency. Keep the national, Poison Help phone number at your fingertips by saving it in your cell phone. Save the number…save a life. 1-800-222-1222
- Practice safe storage habits. Always store medicines and hazardous substances up and away from children. Keep these substances in their original, child-resistant containers.
- Read and follow all labels and directions. Review medicine and product labels before using them, especially before giving medicine to children.
- Detect invisible threats. Have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. The UPCC has a variety of poison prevention tools to help keep you and your family safe. Visit the UPCC website utahpoisoncontrol.org to access resources for all ages.
For more information, you can visit the Utah Poison Control Center’s website.