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Check these three areas to prevent accidental poisoning

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National Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26 continuing a forty-year tradition started by President John Kennedy. The annual observance of this week continues to help American families learn how to protect their families from accidental poisoning.

More than a million accidental poison exposures are reported each year. While the majority of accidental poisoning victims are children ñ no age group is immune.
Protecting children

To reduce the risk of poisoning in your home, lock medicines, household products, lawn and garden chemicals, and other potential poisons out of sight and reach of children.

For a possible poisoning, call your local poison center immediately. From anywhere in the country, call 1-800-222-1222 to be automatically connected to the experts at your local poison center.

Remodeling and renovating

Workers can get seriously lead poisoning when renovation and remodeling activities take place in a home that contains lead paint. Anytime a surface containing lead paint is worked on, the debris and the dust created by the work must be contained and thoroughly cleaned up.

You or your workers must have adequate personal protection to prevent breathing in lead dust generated by the work. It is critical that lead painted surfaces be identified before renovation or remodeling begins.

In the workplace

You may be cautious with products that are known to be hazardous. Many products, however, are not apparently poisonous. It is important to follow directions when using any type of chemical, even those that are not apparently hazardous.

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