Extension News

March 14-20 is Poison Prevention Week

3/17/2010

Poison Prevention Week
March 14-20, 2010
 
AMES, Iowa --National Poison Prevention Week, an annual event held the third week of March, is designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and best practices on how to prevent them. Please review the information below and become actively involved in helping ensure the safety of children and adults in your home and your community.

"The common everyday items in our surroundings are often overlooked and become the agents of most poisonings," said Charles Schwab, Iowa State University Extension Safety Specialist, "and our children become the victims of those poisons."

Iowa State University Extension offers several resources addressing poison concerns around the home and farm:

For poison emergencies, contact:
Iowa Poison Control
1-800-222-1222

Or visit IowaPoison.org for more information.

    For more information from the Poison Prevention Week Council, visit PoisonPrevention.org and see additional poison prevention resources. Visit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (creators of Mr. Yuk) for Poison Prevention Tips or a free sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers.

    Contacts :

    Charles Schwab , Ag & Biosystems Engineering, (515) 294-4131, cvschwab@iastate.edu

    Christopher Weishaar, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-1347, cweishaa@iastate.edu