March 18-24 is National Poison Prevention Week.
About every 15 seconds, U.S. poison control centers receive a call about an accidental poisoning. Data from the National Safety Council indicate that more than one million poisoning incidents each year involve children under six years of age, swallowing common household items like drugs, vitamins, cosmetics and personal care, pesticides, and cleaning products.
National Poison Prevention Week was first authorized by Congress in 1961 with the theme, “Children Act Fast…So Do Poisons!” Many poisonings occur when adults are distracted for just a few moments by the telephone or doorbell. That’s why locking up chemical products is so important.
Besides keeping potentially dangerous household products out of reach from kids and pets, you can also consider using safer alternatives.
EPA’s “Safer Choice” label is designed to help you easily identify cleaning and other household products that are made with ingredients that are safer for children, people, and the environment. Nearly 2,400 products have earned the right to carry the logo. They’re available in local grocery stores and hardware stores and include cleaners for use at home, offices, schools, hotels and sports venues.
The EPA advises you to keep potentially harmful household products like medicines, cleaning products, pesticides, and cosmetics well out of reach of your children and pets so accidental poisonings can be prevented. And, consider learning about using products that have earned an EPA Safer Choice logo.