2012 Safety Tip
Prevention Suggestions for Spring
The third week of March is National Poison Prevention Week. This awareness
activity is sponsored by the National Safety Council and Health Resources
and Services Administration (PoisonHelp.hrsa.gov.).
The National Poison
Help line is staffed 24 hours per day every day by nurses, pharmacists,
doctors and other experts. They respond to more that 2 million poisoning
exposures every year. The national number is 1-800-222-1222. They offer
help in over 161 different languages. I f you suspect someone has been
poisoned do not hesitate to call.
Almost anything can
be poisonous if used in the wrong concentration and in the wrong way.
Children are especially sensitive to many of the products we use during
spring cleaning, painting, gardening and automobile maintenance.
Here are some hints
for keeping your self and family safe:
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- Keep household
cleaning products and other chemicals in the containers they came in,
and always store them away from food and out of the reach of children.
- Never uses empty
food containers to store left over chemicals. Never use empty chemical
containers to store food.
- Read and follow
directions for use and disposal of any cleaning compounds, pesticides,
fertilizers or any other chemical product.
- Never mix chemicals,
including household cleaners, or detergents.
- Turn on fans and
open windows when using chemicals or household cleaners.
- Don’t sniff
containers to see what is inside.
- When spraying chemicals,
direct the nozzle away from people and pets.
- Bug and weed killers
can be taken in through the skin or inhaled and can be poisonous. Even
leather shoes and gloves do not offer full protection, so stay away
from areas that have been sprayed for at least an hour or until the
spray has dried.
- Wear protective
clothing when using any chemical products. Information on the type of
personal protective equipment and safe use guides can be found on the
label for the product. If you have questions contact the manufacturer
or call the poison control hot line.
- If pesticides
are splashed onto the skin, rinse with soap and running water. Wash
your clothing after using chemicals too.
- Remember to always
put every medicine and vitamin up and away and out of a child’s
reach and sight – every time they are used.