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NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK IS MARCH 18-24
State Residents Urged to Review Household Safety Tips
MADISON—During the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention
Week, March 18-24, state officials are encouraging Wisconsin residents to
review the common causes of accidental poisonings and take steps to
“This week helps remind us that we can prevent many of the accidental
poisonings caused by exposure to household items or the lack of carbon
monoxide detection devices in the home,” said Dr. Henry Anderson, State
Health Officer. “The best defense against poisonings is being prepared.”
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 150,000
calls annually to poison centers involve pesticides and disinfectants and
more than half of pesticide exposures occur in children five years old or
younger. The five most common poison exposures in children include
cosmetics and personal care products, pain medication, cleaning products,
foreign objects and creams.
Anderson noted the following key ways to reduce exposure to poisons:
- Program the Poison Help Line, 1-800-222-1222, into your phone and
post the number near your phone. The poison center is open 24/7, every
day of the year.
- Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector installed on each
level of your home. Campers, hunters and boaters can take
battery-operated detectors with them to alert them to dangerous carbon
monoxide levels. Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of fatal
- Store household products, including medications, household chemicals
and pesticides, up high and out of children’s reach, in a locked
cabinet or garden shed, and store them in their original containers.
Do not use food containers, like empty soda cans or juice bottles, to
store household chemicals.
- Use child safety latches on drawers or cabinets if there are young
children in your home.
- If your house was built before 1978, have your children and home
tested for lead.
- Place poisonous plants, like philodendron and English ivy, out of
reach of young children and pets.
For more information: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hometips/dhp/poison.htm.
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March 20, 2012