Post Content

phelp-logo_color-lores

Every day, U.S. emergency rooms treat more than 300 children for poisoning; every 13 seconds, a Poison Control Center receives a call. More than 90 percent of poisoning incidents occur in the home. To highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them, National Poison Prevention Week runs this year from March 16 – 22.

Hazards lurk not only in chemicals marked with warning labels, but ordinary household items as well.  Cleaning products, pesticides, art supplies, and medicine also pose threats — especially to children. Therefore, it’s important to know how to poison proof your home and protect your family.

The main cause of poisoning among U.S. children comes from lead-based paint and dust containing lead. Homes built before 1978 are more likely to contain lead-based paint. As the paint ages, it flakes and becomes a dust that causes health problems for children who inhale it. Massachusetts Lead Law requires homes built before 1978 to be inspected for lead paint. If hazards are found, and a child under six lives there, the home must be deleaded.

Following these seven tips from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) can help you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy year-round.

  1. Put safety latches on drawers and cabinets containing harmful household products and keep all hazardous materials out of reach of children.
  2. When available, buy products in child-resistant packaging and store all household products and medications in their original wrapping.
  3. Always store food and household cleaners in separate places to avoid contamination.
  4. Keep children away from poisonous plants and pesticides that may be in or around your home.
  5. Watch children carefully when playing indoors and outdoors; know how to handle animal bites and stings.
  6. Protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide by installing CO detectors in your home. Also, never leave a car running inside a garage. Even if the door is open, fumes will build up quickly inside the home.
  7. Post the number for the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention, (800) 222-1222, near all telephones in your home.

If you think someone has been poisoned, call the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention immediately. Use this emergency checklist to guide you on what information to tell the poison expert on the phone. Do not wait for the victim to look or feel sick. Do not try to treat the person. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 for an ambulance.

What are your poison prevention tips? Comment below or tweet us at @MassGov.

 

infographic image

 

Written By:

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts posted on Sep 2

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) protects children in Massachusetts from abuse and neglect, and ensures they are able to grow in nurturing home environments. When notified of an unsuitable living situation, DCF may decide to remove a child from their home and take   …Continue Reading Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

Injury Prevention for Children in Massachusetts posted on Aug 28

Keeping children safe is a priority of parenting and many jobs involving youth care and services. While the bumps, bruises, and scrapes any curious child typically receives are unavoidable,  there are instances of larger danger you can help prevent. From September 1 – 7, National   …Continue Reading Injury Prevention for Children in Massachusetts

Campus Fire Safety Month posted on Aug 27

Campus Fire Safety Month

Summer is coming to an end and a new school year is about to begin. As students return to campus and off-campus apartments across Massachusetts, the state designates September Campus Fire Safety Month. Through fire safety education, the Commonwealth aims to reduce occurrences of fire   …Continue Reading Campus Fire Safety Month