Poison Prevention Tips Offered by AAP and the Vermont Department of Health

Poison Help 1-800-222-1222For Immediate Release:
Mar. 22, 2013

Media Contacts:
Vermont Department of Health

BURLINGTON – Most poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention. During National Poison Prevention Week, March 17 – 23 the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Vermont Department of Health are offering important tips to poison proof your home.

A total of 12,725 poisoning calls from Vermont were handled by the New England Poison Center last year. Medications and pharmaceuticals accounted for 43 percent of the 5,066 poisonings reported statewide in 2012. Pain relief medications accounted for 11 percent of poisonings.

“Medications left within reach of a child are the primary reason poisonings occur, which is tragic because this is entirely preventable when parents and caregivers and vigilant and make certain that all medications are completely inaccessible, safely locked away and out of reach,” said Breena Holmes, MD, director of Maternal and Child Health.

The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil. Holidays, visits to grandparents’ homes, and other special events may bring greater risk of poisoning if the usual safeguards are not in place.

To poison proof your home:


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