Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This week -- from March 15 to March 21, 2009 -- is National Poison Prevention Week.
Did you know these facts about poisons?
- Most poisonings involve everyday household items such as medicines, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and personal care items.
- 93 percent of all poison exposures occur in the home.
- 51 percent of poison exposures occur in children under the age of six.
- Over 70 percent of all poison fatalities occur in adults ages 20 to 59.
Where should you turn for help? The National Capital Poison Center serves our area. Have a poison emergency? Call 1-800-222-1222 immediately for help at no charge!
Some resources for poison prevention information:
If you find no-longer-needed or wanted poisons in your home, garage or garden, bring them to our Hazardous Waste program. Prevention is better than the cure!
-- posted by Susanne
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