(3/23/12) - Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution during Poison Prevention Month (March) as well as year-round. Becoming aware of potential poison hazards can help prevent future accidents.
Keep the toll-free nationwide poison control center number, (1-800-222-1222) and local emergency numbers near every telephone. If you suspect poisoning and a child is choking, collapses, cannot breathe or is having a seizure, call 911. Otherwise, take the product to the phone and call the poison control hotline. Follow the operator's instructions, and do not make the child vomit or give them anything unless directed.
For more information on preventing injuries in children, visit the Safe Kids website at www.safekids.org.
Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 0 to 14. Its coalition members include local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other safety personnel, McLeod Health staff, as well as other community members. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal was founded in 1995 and is led by McLeod Health, and funded in part by the McLeod Health Foundation.