Poison Safety and Prevention
Poisoning can occur at any time and in any place, such as in your own home or while visiting friends and relatives. Many everyday household items and medications that are often not thought of as dangerous can cause harm to young children. That's why poison prevention is crucial to protecting the health of our families.
The HRSA Poison Help page, also available in Spanish, contains free resources that WIC staff can share with their participants and use to help raise awareness about the dangers of household poisons, what preventative measures can be taken, and if needed, what parents should do if an accident occurs. These resources include:
- Informational videos such as Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips and Ingesting Chemicals and the Steps to Take to Stay Safe
- Free, downloadable resources such as infographics, prevention tips and business card sized Poison Help Line contact information
- An extensive Frequently Asked Questions page
- Contact information for the Poison Help Line and Poison Control Centers
It's important to remember that e-cigarettes (vapes) can be very dangerous to children. Check out the FDA's page on Tips to Keep E-Liquids Away from Children.
Visit the CDC's Child Safety and Injury Prevention page for easy-to-follow poison prevention tips and statistics on childhood poisonings.