Doctors urge preparedness, awareness for Poison Prevention Week

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This week is National Poison Prevention Week, and doctors are urging parents to learn more about preventing poisonings in young children. 

“Getting parents aware, kids aware of really some dangers that can be in the home is very important,” said Dr. Paul Stromberg, emergency medicine attending physician at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

In 2017, 2.1 million exposures to poisonings happened in the United States with someone calling the poison control center every 12 seconds. 

Stromberg says 93 percent of poisonings occur inside the home with 50 percent of children under the age of six being affected.

Household medications like aspirin are the most common sources of poisoning in young kids. 

Experts recommend practicing safe storage habits, and place medications in cabinets with child-resistant locks.

Toxins can also be found in household cleaners, cosmetics, and foreign bodies in toys.

Make sure to read labels before you use them.

Experts also recommend putting a carbon monoxide detector inside your home to detect invisible threats.

Lastly, experts recommend keeping the free poison helpline number (1-800-222-1222) readily available in case of an emergency. 

You can find your local poison control center by clicking here.

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