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National Poison Prevention week


March 19, 2013

Poison Prevention Week is observed each year in March to raise awareness of poison prevention among communities across the United States. The goal is to increase communication to prevent a poisoning incident from occurring.

This year, Poison Prevention Week is being observed during the week of March 17-24, and there are two themes: Children Act Fast—So Do Poisons and Poisons Span a Lifetime.

Lake Stevens Fire and the Everett Community College Nursing students visited the elementary schools and the Early Learning Center within the fire district boundaries during the month of February with a focus on poison prevention.

Children were taught what a poison is, how someone can be poisoned, what to do if they find something that is unfamiliar to them, who to tell if they find something that could be a poison, and what to do if someone they know accidently takes a poison.

According to Safe Kids USA, more than 1.2 million children ages 5 and under are unintentionally poisoned,

and usually it’s from everyday household items that we have in our homes.

Consider the following tips for poison safety and prevention:

• Store household cleaners and chemicals in a locked cabinet.

• Never leave poisonous products unattendNational

Poison Prevention week

Everett Community College Nursing students teach students at Skyline Elementary some practical safety tips regarding Poison Prevention.ed while in use. Many incidents happen when adults are distracted for even just a moment.

• Do not mix cleaning products.

• Make sure that all potential poisons are labeled properly to prevent any confusion.

• Ask the pharmacist for child-resistant medicine caps when available.

• If you suspect someone has been poisoned, take the product to the phone and call 1.800.222.1222.

• If a person has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911.

• If you have any questions regarding poison safety, please feel free to contact Lake Stevens Fire Public Educator Jennye Cooper at 425-212- 3062.


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