Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's National Poison Prevention Week

This week -- from March 15 to March 21, 2009 -- is National Poison Prevention Week.

Did you know these facts about poisons?

  • Most poisonings involve everyday household items such as medicines, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and personal care items.
  • 93 percent of all poison exposures occur in the home.
  • 51 percent of poison exposures occur in children under the age of six.
  • Over 70 percent of all poison fatalities occur in adults ages 20 to 59.

Where should you turn for help? The National Capital Poison Center serves our area. Have a poison emergency? Call 1-800-222-1222 immediately for help at no charge!

Some resources for poison prevention information:

If you find no-longer-needed or wanted poisons in your home, garage or garden, bring them to our Hazardous Waste program. Prevention is better than the cure!