Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the U.S. The third week in March each year is designated as National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW), a week dedicated to raising awareness about the burden of poisoning in the U.S. and highlighting specific ways to prevent it. This year, NPPW is March 17-23, 2019.
Not only are children naturally curious, but they also act fast. It takes only seconds for a child to get a hold of something dangerous. In 2015, just under half of the 2.2 million human exposure cases managed by poison centers involved children younger than six. Of those cases, cosmetics/personal care products, household cleaning substances and analgesics (pain relievers) were the top three substance categories involved. It’s imperative that parents and caregivers take extra precautions to protect children from being exposed to potentially poisonous substances.
It’s easy to make a difference... simply share poison prevention information with your family, friends, coworkers and community:
(repost from 3/15/18)
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