Prevent Household Poisonings
Posted on 03/22/2023
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National Poison Prevention Week 2023


March 19th through the 25th, highlights the dangers of poisoning for people of all ages and promotes community involvement in poisoning prevention.  

Did you know? Poisoning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 1 to 19 years.
In 2021, Poison Help responded to more than 2 million human exposure cases: on average, receiving an exposure case every 15 seconds. Some of the leading exposure substance categories included cleaning supplies and cosmetic/personal care products - all of which are common household items.  

Poison Center is available to help, 24/7/365, by calling: 1 (800) 222-1222.
When you call the Washington Poison Center, you receive free and confidential health treatment advice from nurses and pharmacists with special training in poison information. 

Poison Prevention Tips: 

  • Keep chemicals, medications and cleaning supplies safely stored in a locked cabinet or box that is out of the reach of children.  
  • Keep medicines and household chemicals in their original, child-resistant containers. (Make sure all containers are clearly labeled.) 
  • Do not let children handle the dishwasher or laundry detergent packets.  
  • Store dishwasher and laundry detergent packets in their original containers, out of a child’s sight and reach.  
  • When handling the coin-size button batteries used in all sorts of electronics, it’s important to not lose them as they are dangerous if swallowed. Do not leave products with accessible button batteries within reach of children and use tape to help secure a battery compartment that does not have a screw closure.  
  • Be sure to take prescribed medications as directed. Carefully read and follow the directions for over-the-counter medication. Check in with your elderly neighbors or family members to make sure all medications are labeled clearly, and they are taking the appropriate dose.  
  • Speak with your primary care provider regarding potential drug interactions, making sure your physician and pharmacist are aware of all medications you are taking. 
  • Remember to check your garage or shed to ensure all hazards (cleaning supplies, chemicals, paint or any other poisonous materials) are stored in appropriate containers and out of harm’s way. 
  • Keep in mind that due to the high and low temperatures we experience during the year some substances may be flammable, emit hazardous fumes, or become compromised by extremes in the environment. Follow all storage instructions carefully.  

While signs and symptoms of poisoning can vary depending on the type and other factors, there are a few common symptoms to be aware of: 

  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Vomiting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain
  • Headaches
  • Feeling faint

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these poison symptoms or has been exposed to a poison, you should call the Poison Center at 1.800.222.1222 immediately. Not all exposures may result in showing symptoms instantly, so make sure that whenever you are exposed to a poison you seek medical attention quickly. You can always call 911 for any life-threatening emergencies.