Bear River Health Department has tips for National Poison Prevention Week

Utahns are encouraged to make sure potentially harmful items are out of children's reach during National Poison Prevention Week. Photo courtesy St. Louis County, Minnesota.

National Poison Prevention Week begins Sunday, March 17, to promote prevention tips to reduce poison exposures.

Emily Jewkes of the Bear River Health Department (BRHD) said they provide poison-proof tips to keep children safe at home.

“A couple of them would be to store all household products and cleaning solutions out of children’s sight and reach,” said Jewkes. “Use safety locks on cabinets to lock up any cleaners or medications, those kinds of things. Also, reading product labels and being familiar with what is hazardous to children just so you know what you need to keep out of reach.”

She said everyone is encouraged to program the Utah Poison Control number into the home phone so it is available in an emergency.

That number is 1-800-222-1222.

The Utah Poison Control Center receives over 40,000 calls each year for assistance.

“Poisonings can happen at any age but they typically happen between the ages of infant to nine years old,” said Jewkes. “Also, 92 percent of the poisonings occur in the home.”

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