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National Poison Prevention Week

March 17, 2014

By Jessica Vician

Did you know that 50 percent of all poison exposures happen to children under age six? Most poisonings occur from ingesting products that you probably have sitting around at home.

This week is National Poison Prevention Week, which is the perfect time to go through your home and poison-proof it. If you have young children or pets, get on your knees and look around your house. Where are your cleaning supplies and medications? If you can see them or the cabinets they’re in when you’re kneeling at your child or pet’s height, make sure those cabinets are locked and the products are behind the cabinet door.

Poisoning doesn’t just affect young kids, though. If you have any prescription medications, such as pain or sleeping pills, don’t share them with your teenagers and college-aged children. Each dosage for medication—even a prescription-based ibuprofen—is carefully prescribed for you and your condition. Sharing them with anyone else could potentially be deadly.

Click through to this infographic on important statistics and information on poisoning from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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