This week is National Poison Prevention week. Started in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, National Poison Prevention Week aims to raise awareness about accidental poisonings and how to prevent them.
Here are a few tips from the American Association of Poison Control Centers on how to keep yourself safe from household and chemical products
- DO NOT use food containers, cups or bottles to store household and chemical products. Keep potential poisons in their original containers.
- Store food and household chemical products in separate areas. Mistaking one for the other could cause a serious poisoning.
- Read and follow the directions and caution labels on household chemical products before using them.
- Never mix chemical products together.
- Turn on fans and open windows when using household chemical products.
- Wear protective clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, shoes and gloves, when spraying pesticides and other chemicals. Pesticides can be absorbed through the skin and can be extremely poisonous.
- Keep the Poison Help Number (1-800-222-1222) on or near your home phone and programmed into your cell phone.
To learn more about poison prevention and National Poison Prevention Week, visit aapcc.org.