National Poison Prevention Week, March 17th-23rd

March 19, 2013

Did you know that more than 2 million poisonings are reported across the country every year?  That’s nearly one every 15 seconds! Most happen in the household and more than half are in children younger than age 6!

The local poison control center works around the clock, every day of the year, to respond to your needs and questions about poisonings and potential hazards.  Most poisonings are unintentional and can be prevented.

This week is National Poison Prevention Week, and it is a good time to take a look around your house for potential hazards for your child.  Children, by nature, are curious and often touch or taste everything they see.

Tips for your family:

  • Keep household products out of reach or locked in cabinets, away from curious children.
    • Kitchen and bath cleaners, laundry soap, and bleach should be in high cabinets
    • Car maintenance items, such as anti-freeze and windshield washer fluid should be out of reach
    • Insect sprays and poisons should also be locked away from children
    • Even beauty products- nail polish remover, hairspray, rubbing alcohol, mouthwash, etc.- are harmful!
    • Keep prescription medications out of reach- and never refer to a medication as “candy”.
    • Medications for your pets should also be locked away, like flea medication, flea shampoo and powders, and heartworm medication.
  • Store items in their original container.
    • Use child-proof containers, many medications are brightly colored and shaped like candy
    • Keep pill boxes out of reach, especially when visiting relatives
    • Never put chemicals in bowls, sippy cups, soft drink bottles that your children may mistake for their use
  • Read dosage labels to avoid overdosing children with commonly used medications.
    • Check how soon you can give pain medications or fever reducers
    • Make sure your cough/cold medication does not have a pain/fever reducer in it if also using a pain/fever reducer
    • Keep multivitamins, especially if they contain iron, away from your child
  • Safely dispose of old or expired medications and chemicals, including cosmetics.
    • Many counties have cleanup days in the spring, which often include disposal of household chemicals, including medications.
    • If no local programs, mix medications with coffee grounds or kitty litter and place in a zip-lock bag in your trash to deter children and animals from getting into the mixture.

If you think your child has been exposed to a chemical or has ingested something poisonous, call the poison center immediately, 1-800-222-1222.

For more information, check out: www.PoisonHelp.hrsa.gov

Tips for Firework Safety on the 4th

July 2, 2012

Summer is officially here and the parties and celebrations have begun. What comes to mind when you think of the 4th of July?

Chances are, you think red, white and blue, cooking out and fireworks!

Fireworks can be a lot of fun to watch as a family, but they are also very dangerous–especially to children.  Firework displays, when done by professionals, are a great treat on the holiday. Use caution and stay as far back as you can from where they are being launched, both to protect yourself in case one misfires and to decrease some of the noise.  Here are a couple other things to consider:

Noise

Noise-induced hearing loss is a definite danger of fireworks; noise levels can range from 88 to 126 decibels during a normal display. Hearing loss can occur with constant exposure to sounds of over 85 decibels in as short as 15 minutes! Help protect your child’s ears with ear plugs or even ear muffs.

DIY Fireworks – A Don’t!

Fireworks at home are illegal in four states, and New York is among those on the prohibited list. The category of “fireworks” also includes roman candles, rockets and sparklers. Did you know that a sparkler can reach temperatures of  upwards of 1000 degrees F?  That’s hot enough to melt gold!

Across the U.S. each summer, numerous accidents happen with home-use of fireworks.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 9,600 firework-related injuries reported last year alone — and 65 percent of those occurred in the month surrounding July 4th. Between burns and explosions, fireworks are a danger to people of all ages.

If you find a piece of a firework, soak it in a bucket of water before putting it in the trash to make sure it is extinguished and do not try to reignite it.  Most of all, do not allow your child anywhere near it.

Have a safe and happy holiday, and please, please leave the fireworks to the professionals!

 

Photo courtesy of flickr user sunsurfr.

More New Year’s Resolutions for the Whole Family (Part Two)

January 4, 2012

Yesterday we shared some simple new year’s resolutions to get your family on track with eating right and boosting activity levels in 2012.  Today, we have a few more resolutions you may want to add to your list.  Changing even small habits like these can make a big impact!

Vaccines

  1. Make sure all family members (including the grown-ups!) are up-to-date with immunizations.  Have you gotten your tetanus booster in the last 5-10 years?
  2. It’s flu season!  Have all members of the household gotten their flu shots? Getting a flu shot each season is hands down the best way to prevent the flu.

Car Safety — Start Young

  1. Teach your family to wear a seat belt each and every time they get into the car. It should be a habit by the time they’re teenagers and driving on their own.
  2. Absolutely NO texting or cell phone use, regardless of state laws. Pull over if you need to make a call or if you’re lost!

Behavior — Good, Better, Best!

  1. Winter is stressful!  Teach your family to take a few deep breaths before reacting if upset or angry.
  2. Always model good behavior in front of your children — they really do absorb everything they see, good and bad.
  3. Make sure you take a few minutes of “me time” every day.

Here’s to making the new year your family’s healthiest!

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