National Poison Prevention Week has begun. This year, the week of March 21-27 is dedicated to raising awareness about Poison Control Centers and the Poison Help Hotline at: 800-222-1222.
Everyday poison centers answer questions and help in emergencies because life happens. Calls to the Poison Center range from a child swallowing a button battery to a snake bite to food poisoning. Whatever the case, doctors, pharmacists and nurses stand ready 24/7/365 to give you accurate, life-saving treatment and advice.
On average, 90% of poisonings happen in homes, and more than 70% of the people who call get the help they need right where they are — saving the cost of a trip to the doctor or hospital.
With the COVID pandemic, Poison Centers have seen an increase in calls related to hand sanitizer and other disinfectants being ingested, especially by children. Be sure your household cleaners stay locked up, stored up and away from a child’s reach. Cleaners can be poisonous so be sure to take steps to prevent this common poisoning risk.
Add the poison center hotline to your contacts today, so you can be prepared! 800-222-1222.