Wolf Administration Stresses
Poison Prevention Tips for Residents
than 90 percent of poison exposures occur in the home.
With the safety of all residents in mind, the Wolf Administration today is stressing
the importance of keeping poisonous materials in a safe place to prevent
someone from getting sick or even dying.
day, more than 300 children in the United states are treated in a hospital
emergency department because of poisoning from harmful products commonly
found in our homes, like cleaners, medicine and pesticides,” Health
Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “You can help keep your family safe and
prevent accidental poisoning by making sure you poison-proof your home. If
a poisoning happens, remain calm and call 911 if the person is not
responding or having trouble breathing. The national Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222,
is available 24/7 to connect you with your local poison control center.”
Levine recommends toxic products, like cleaning materials and detergent
pods, are kept in their original packaging where children can’t see them.
When cleaning, make sure to wear protective clothing when handling
chemicals, turn on the fan and open windows to ensure proper ventilation,
and never mix household products, such as bleach and ammonia, together.
should also make sure they are extra careful when taking medicine for
themselves or giving medicine to their children. Always follow the
directions on the medication’s label; never take or give larger or more
frequent doses to get faster or more powerful effects. Also, individuals
should only take prescription medicines when they are prescribed by a
medicines are not being used, are unneeded or expired, it is important that
people properly get rid of them by following the federal guidelines for disposing
unused medicines or by disposing them at a drug take back location near you.
more than 800 prescription drug take-back boxes throughout the
commonwealth, we encourage all Pennsylvanians to regularly clean out their
medicine cabinets to ensure unwanted and unused medications are not easily
accessible,” Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith said. “It’s
often small acts like properly disposing of medication that can save a life
and help our loved ones lead healthy lives.”
are two poison control centers in Pennsylvania; one in Philadelphia at Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia, and one in Pittsburgh at University of Pittsburgh Medical
Each poison control center hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a
week by toxicology-trained medical professionals.
information on how to keep your home safe, visit www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Nate Wardle, 717-787-1783
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