Celebrate Poison Prevention Week with These Tips for Safety
National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25) is a great time to add some simple safety tips to your parenting toolkit. To honor this year’s theme, “When poison happens, we’re here for you,” start by adding the National Poison Help Number to your phone right now (800-222-1222). If you ever have a question about medicine or a poison emergency, specialists at poison control centers will be available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide free, confidential, expert medical advice. Here are a few more resources, tips, and videos to help keep your kids safe and that you can share with friends and neighbors.
Simple Steps to Prevent Kids from Getting into Medicine
- Keep all medicine out of children’s reach and sight, even medicine you take every day. Kids are naturally curious and can easily get into things, like medicine, if they are kept in places within their reach.
- Choose child-resistant packaging whenever possible. If someone in your home is using pill boxes or other containers that are not child-resistant, it’s even more important to store these out of children’s reach and sight.
- Use reminder tools to help keep track of medicine. Instead of keeping medicine on the counter or a nightstand, set a reminder in your phone or use a medicine schedule to remember when to give and take medicine.
- Keep medicine safety on your child-proofing checklist. As your child learns new skills and becomes more mobile, anticipate that you may need to continue to assess and change where you keep medicine to avoid alarming surprises.
- Save the Poison Help number in your phone and post it visibly in your home for caregivers: 1-800-222-1222. Specialists at poison control centers provide free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day. They help with poison emergencies and can also answer questions about medicine safety.
5 Things to Know About Kids and Medicine
Check out this infographic to learn five things that may surprise you about protecting your kids around medicine.
Medicine Safety Videos
Surprises of Medicine Storage
This video shows some of the fun, and not-so-fun ways kids surprise us, including how kids can access medicine. For parents, life is full of unexpected surprises, so be as prepared as you can, particularly when it comes to medicine safety.
Simple Steps to Safe Medicine Storage
Check out this video to see what it means to keep medicine up and away, out of reach and sight.
You can also find the video translated into Spanish.
Gary on the Street
We took to the streets to talk to parents about their medicine storage habits.
Other Helpful Medicine Safety Assets
Learn More about Medicine Safety
The Safe Kids Worldwide medicine safety program was developed with support from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.