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City of Napa Fire Department
Monday March 15th, 2010 :: 08:48 a.m. PDT


would like you to know that March 14th–20th is Poison Prevention Week! More important information here >

Children Act Fast – So Do Poisons
March 14th – 20th is Poison Prevention Week

Here is a great Video Resource for Children from American Association of Poison Control Centers.
The City of Napa Fire Department wants you know that each year, more than 1.2 million children ages 5 and under are unintentionally poisoned! Whether its medication on your dresser, cleaning supplies under your kitchen sink, cosmetics in your bathroom or carbon monoxide from gas appliances in your home, you can take simple steps to keep your kids safe.

Poison Prevention Week is celebrated from March 14-20, 2010. This year one of the themes is "Children Act Fast–So Do Poisons". It’s important to remember what young kids see and reach, they usually put in their mouths and as their mobility and capabilities increase, they can reach medicines and household products wherever they’re stored.
Always Keep the Number for the Poison Control Center Handy. By calling 1-800-222-1222 you will reach professionals that offer fast and free confidential help in English and Spanish. Most poisonings are resolved over the phone. The number works from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, if your child isn’t breathing or has collapsed, call 911 immediately.

Top 10 Ways to poison-proof your house

1. Keep the number 1-800-222-1222 on or near all phones.

2. Keep medicines and cleaning products out of reach of children and in locked cabinets.

3. Always keep products in the containers they came in.

4. Never keep cleaning products, gasoline, antifreeze, paint and paint thinners, or lighter fluid in something you would use for food or a beverage.

5. Do not store food and household cleaners in the same cabinet.

6. Never call medicine candy.

7. Do not take medicine in front of children; they love to do what adults do.

8. If you are in the middle of taking medicine or using a cleaning product and you need to answer the door or phone, take it with you.

9. If you are a grandparent, be sure to keep your medicine and vitamins where your grandchildren can’t get to them.

10. Keep things like make-up, perfume, cigarettes, alcohol and vitamins where children can’t reach them.

City of Napa Fire Department
1600 1st St
Napa, CA 94559

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-257-9590

Patrick Young
Fire Prevention Division

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