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National Poison Prevention Week: OWN IT...

Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the U.S. The third week in March each year is designated as National Poison Prevention Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about the burden of poisoning in the U.S. and highlighting specific ways to prevent it. This year, Mold-Rite Plastics, has taken the initiative to spread the word of this important week and offer helpful tips to keep your loved ones safe. 

Here are some ways you can join us as we OWN IT…

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1. Spread the Word!

Utilize this graphic in your email signature and/or share on social media to let your friends and colleagues know that you support this important effort. Use #NPPW2018 and #preventpoison when sharing information!

2. Poison Control Centers

Text "POISON" to 797979 to save the poison control contact information in your smartphone. Poison centers offer free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 and online at www.poisonhelp.org

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3. Educate!

It's essential for consumers to understand the importance of properly using, storing and disposing of products in their household and institution. That is where ACE, the Alliance for Consumer Education comes in. Visit www.consumered.org/learn  for programs and educational materials that clearly convey the proper use, storage and disposal of household products, including the potential risks associated with misuse and abuse.

Put your medicines up and away and out of sight. Approximately 60,000 young children are brought to the emergency room each year because they got into medicines that were left within reach. Are all of the medicines in your home stored safely? Visit www.upandaway.org/ to learn more.

 

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Acetaminophen is in more than 600 prescription and over-the-counter medicines. When used as directed, it's safe and effective, but taking too much can lead to liver damage. Do you know your dose? Learn more at: www.knowyourdose.org/ 

The Nearly 7 in 10 parents report storing medicine within a child's slight (on a shelf or surface at or above counter height). Know the risks of choosing convenience. Visit www.safekids.org/infographic/medication-infographic-2017 

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When planning ways to keep your child safe, remember that they are constantly changing. Review your family's home and habits often to make sure your safeguards remain appropriate for your child's age. Check out these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/default.aspx

The Art and Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) is an international association of about 200 art, craft and creative material manufacturers which seeks to promote safety in art and creative products through its certification program. Use this handy product selector to choose supplies that are safe: https://www.acmiart.org/productlist

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Every day millions of Americans turn to over-the-counter medications for relief from pain, colds, flus, upset stomach and more. Visit the Alliance for Aging Research to view their Safe Meds page to learn more about safely selecting and taking OTC pain medications, and disposing of unwanted medications.  http://www.agingresearch.org/SafeMeds

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) reminds parents and caregivers to keep all cleaning products, especially laundry packets, up and away from children. Be aware. Be alert. And help keep your family safe. Here are a few helpful reminders for moms and dads to help you keep your children safe:   http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/HomeSafety/ and ACI's newest initiative, Packets Up! www.packetsup.com

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