MARCH 16-22, 2014
By Public Law 87-319, the third week of March was nationally designated by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 as Poison Prevention Week. Congress intended this event as a means for local communities to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisonings and to take measures to prevent poisoning.
Titusville Fire and Emergency Services urges its community members to pay special attention to the dangers of poisoning. One of the basic themes of National Poison Prevention Week is "Children Act Fast...So Do Poisons!". Parents must always be watchful when household chemicals or drugs are being used. Many incidents happen when adults are using a product but are distracted (for example, by the telephone or doorbell) for a few moments. Children act fast, and adults must make sure that potentially poisonous products are stored away from children at all times.
If you know your child has ingested a poison, immediate steps should be taken.
1. Remain calm. Not all medicines and household chemicals are poisonous, and not all exposures necessarily result in a poisoning.
2. For medicines and household chemicals, call the national poison control center immediately at 1-800-222-1222; they are familiar with the toxicity (how poisonous it is) of most substances found in the home or know how to find this information) and are available 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. If unable to contact the poison control center, call 9-1-1.
3. Be prepared to give the facts (described below) and have the label ready when you call. The label provides information concerning the product's contents and advice on what immediate first aid to perform.
If you found your child playing with a bottle of medicine or some household products but you are unsure if the child has swallowed some:
1. Remain calm.
2. Reactions vary, depending on the product.
3. Be cautious; some products cause no immediate sysmptoms.
4. If you suspect, but don't know for sure your child has ingested a potentially hazardous product, calll the poison control center right away. Be prepared to give the facts noted in the prior segment and follow their recommendations. If you can't reach the poison control center, call 9-1-1.
How to prevent poisonings.
For more information on poison prevention measures, contact Life Safety Specialist Heather Gilmore at Titusville Fire and Emergency Services, 383-5708 or http://www.poisonprevention.org/