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Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23, 2013

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Click the images to download the 2013 Poison Prevention Week winning posters.

In 1961, the U.S. Congress authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the third week of March each year as "National Poison Prevention Week." Fifty-one years later, the Poison Prevention Week Council continues to encourage Americans to learn more about the dangers of accidental poisonings and to take appropriate preventive measures. Click here to view the 2013 Presidential Proclamation.

Children Act Fast. So Do Poisons.

Children can help teach others some important poison prevention lessons. Colby (age 7) knows that children act fast and so do poisons. He was the winner for the 2013 Poison Prevention Week poster contest, kindergarten to second grades (top left). Alayna,(age 11), the winner for third to fifth grades (middle), knows you can protect your family by keeping cleaning supplies and medicines locked up and away from children! And Natalie (age 13), winner for sixth to eighth grades (bottom), says don't play with poisons.

As a longtime partner with the Poison Prevention Week Council, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) cares about safety in the home and has been educating the public for years. We work with organizations such as American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and National Association of School Nurses to share important safety messages with their school teachers, nurses, students and families.

Join organizations like Vidant Health, Huddleston Elementary, Graham Elementary and Head Start and request your free materials today!

Did You Know?
  • Poisoning is a big deal! It is the second leading cause of death from injuries in the U.S. behind only motor vehicle crashes. 
  • Most calls to poison centers are about children, but most people who die from poisons are adults. Poisoning is a danger for us all.
  • More than 90 percent of cases from the public can be managed without a hospital visit.
  • Do you have questions? Not sure if it’s an emergency? When in doubt, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222
Read the Label & Prevent Accidents

Always read product safety information on the package so that you know what to do before accidents happen. Cleaning product labels contain first aid information and are a valuable resource for consumers. By reading and following all recommended instructions on the product label prior to use, you will know what to do if an accident occurs.

You Can Help
  • Make your laundry room safe with tips from the American Cleaning Institute
  • Add the Poison Prevention Week hash tag (#NPPW) to your Twitter posts
  • Share poison prevention messages with your friends and family on Facebook
  • Add the Poison Help number to your cell phone contacts and post it near your home phone. 1-800-222-1222.