NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK March 19-25
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-319. This designated the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week in order to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisonings.
A poison is anything that can make you sick or kill you if you eat it, drink it, breathe it, get it on your skin or in your eyes. Many household products and plants are poisons. Each year, two million poisoning exposures are reported to Poison Control Centers across the country, more than one million of these involve children under the age of five years old. Approximately 90% of these happen in the home.
You can prevent poisonings:
Post the Poison Control Center number (1-800-222-1222) on all telephones
If a poisoning occurs, call the poison control center--STAY CALM, ACT FAST!
For more information, contact the American Association of Poison Control Centers or the American Academy of Pediatrics.