Friday, March 14, 2008

National Poison Prevention Week

Poisons can hurt you - or even kill you – if you eat, drink, breathe, or get them in your eyes or on your skin. Thousands of children in Texas are accidentally poisoned each year. Many swallow medicines, polishes, drain cleaners, insecticides, antifreeze, and other household and garage products. Making sure children are not exposed to potentially toxic substances is the best way to prevent accidental poisonings.

National Poison Prevention Week is next week, March 16 - 22. The Texas Poison Center Network (1-800-222-1222) provides free 24-hour poison information and assistance. Your call will be answered by one of the specialists at the Poison Center. These experts are trained nurses and pharmacists who specialize in poisoning emergency treatment and poison prevention. So take some time to learn how to safeguard your family from poisonous substances and what to do in the event of an emergency.

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