Poison Prevention Tips

This week is National Poison Prevention Week. Created by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, this week raises awareness and promotes numerous types of poison prevention. Learn prevention tips that can help save a loved one’s life.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning, or foodborne illness, is caused by ingesting food that is contaminated. The most common causes of food poisoning are bacteria, viruses, parasites, and toxins. Contamination occurs when food is not handled correctly while it is being cooked. 

The most common symptoms of food poisoning include upset stomach, diarrhea, fever, nausea, and dehydration. Symptoms can range from being mild to extremely severe. Food poisoning affects 1 in 6 Americans each year. This means about 48 million people get sick, and over 128,000 are hospitalized. Sadly, this results in about 3,000 deaths annually. Learn how to properly prepare, cook, and store foods in your home.

In Home Poisons

The key to avoiding poisoning in the home is to practice safe storage habits. Certain items must be stored away, out of reach, and out of sight of children. These items include all medications, tobacco, alcohol, cleaning and laundry supplies, pesticides and insect repellent, batteries, oils and lubricants, personal care products, and chemicals.

If for any reason you or your child ingest anything concerning read the label of the substance and call your local poison center (1-800-222-1222) or 9-1-1.

Over-the-counter medicine safety

Over 10,000 kids under the age of 18 visit emergency departments everyday due to the improper use of over-the-counter medicines. It is crucial that the parents and guardians of teenagers discuss the safe use and storage of OTC medicines. 

Such tips include reading and following label instructions, never sharing or taking medicine from anyone else, remembering medicine dosages, and asking permission and guidance when taking medication. Learn even more tips about talking to your teenager, and how to properly read medicine labels.

Prevention tips are key to keeping your loved ones safe. For more information, or if you have any questions, please call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Neighbors Emergency Center has multiple in centers opening in Texas. Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for neighborly news and updates.