Check Your Health
KUTV.com | Stories - National Poison Prevention Week
Thursday, March 21 2013, 03:47 PM MDT
National Poison Prevention Week
(KUTV) According to statistics, more than a million poisonings involving small children are reported to poison centers each year. The most serious poisonings and related fatalities, however, occur in teens and adults.

This week is National Poison Prevention awareness week. Health experts in Utah say the top three causes of unintentional poisonings include: prescription medications, household chemicals and personal care products. "They don't have child resistant closures on them. So they are easy to access and we tend to leave them out because we are not thinking that shampoo, lotion or perfume could be a poison hazard. but in reality, it is a poison hazard," Marty Malherio says.

Marty Malheiro is the Outreach Education Coordinator for the Utah Poison Control Center. She say about 93% of all poisonings occur inside the home. One reason is because children will often mistake bottles that contain dangerous chemicals for other items. "That floor cleaner looks just like apple juice. Things like that they (children) might not recognize," Malheiro says.

Experts say everyone inside your house should know the number to the Poison Control Center. The number is (800) 222-1222. You can call the number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if you just have a question, you are encouraged to call.
         
If you want stickers or other materials for your home, you can call (801) 587-0607. You can also visit: www.utahpoisoncontrol.org.

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
National Poison Prevention Week

Community Photos & Videos - Submit Your Photos Here


More ✔ Your Health Stories

FDA Approves New Pill for Grass Allergies
Doctors Help Women Move on After Mastectomy
New Report on Diabetes Complications
New Regulations for Electronic Cigarettes Proposed
Possible Health Risk Associated With Marijuana Use
Target Radiation for Cancer
You Can Start Growing Outdoors
Canine Recreation Center Opens In SLC
Wear Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes
Start Your Garden Indoors
Brother Gives Gift of Life
Fitness Craze at the "Barre"
Active Life Style Increases Brain Function Later On
Dental Students Reach Out to Underserved Children
National Nutrition Month
Battling Patient Infections
Deep Brain Stimulator
Challenge May be Over But the Journey Continues
Cologuard: Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Acupuncture
Colon Cancer Can Be Treated if Caught Early
Older Couple Stays Active Through LiVe Well Program
Elevated Blood Pressure
Blood Test Predicts Alzheimer's Disease
Small Device Makes a Big Difference
Allergy Season
Researcher Looks at Quitting Behaviors
Fun Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthy
Safety Tips for Spring Conditions in the Mountains
Investing in a Healthier Life
Eye Infections are Common
Fitness Challenge: Kristi's Story
Reducing Heart Failure
Local Teacher Has a Life Lesson for Students
The Relationship Between Medicine and the Harp
Caffeine Consumption Trends
Millions Suffer From Sleep Problems
Free Community Healthy Heart Fair
Fitness Challenge: Scott's Story
Sister May Save the Life of Her Brother
Snowshoeing Benefits
Kindergarteners Battle Weight Gain
Alternatives to Exercising in the Inversion
Volunteers Needed for MS Study
Sitting For To Long Could Be Killing You
Happiness & Wellness
Todd Taggart: Winter Exercise
Daughter Inspires Fitness Challenge Participant
Alzheimer's Disease
Mary Nickles Is Part of a New Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
Goal for 2014 - Get a Colonoscopy
Program Helps Older Adults Get Stronger
Daily Physical Activity for Children
The Flu Is Picking Up In The U.S.
2013 Domestic Violence Report
Escape the Inversion with an Indoor Run
The Inversion and Your Health
Dangers of High Volume Audio
Intermountain Healthcare's "Transformation Lab"
Fitness Challenge Part 3
Advertise with us!

 

Pay It Forward
Fresh Living
Family Matters
Road Trippin
Hooked On Utah

Advertise with us!