Health agencies provide advice to Kansans for National Poison Prevention Week

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – This week marks National Poison Prevention Week.

The theme for this year is prepare, prevent and protect.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), one way to prepare is to save the poison control number on a cell phone in an emergency.

This number is 1-800-222-1222.

KDHE said more than 90% of poisonings occur in the home.

The agency said to make the home safer, always read and follow label directions, and keep potential poisons locked up and away in their original containers.

KDHE said seconds count when it comes to a potential poison and if you suspect not to take a risk and call the poison control center immediately.

Additionally, KDHE reminds Kansans that poison control centers are for everyone and said that while most calls are for children, calls for teens, adults and the elderly tend to be more serious.

According to KDHE, nearly 60% of calls to Kansas Poison Control last year were for drugs or pharmaceuticals.

Common household poisons include household products, plants, fungi, pesticides, animal bites and stings, carbon monoxide, and many other types of non-pharmaceutical substances.

“The best advice we can give you is to program the poison control helpline, 800-222-1222, into your phone and display it visibly in your home. That way you’re prepared for a poisoning emergency or just have questions, ”said Stefanie Baines, education coordinator for the Kansas Poison Control Center.

KDHE said calling a poison control center is faster and more accurate than searching the Internet.

The agency said calls are answered by medical professionals, including nurses, pharmacists and doctors, who can provide help in more than 150 languages.

KDHE said all calls to poison control centers are free.

“It’s also important to know that poison control centers aren’t just for emergencies. You can call anytime for information or expert advice to keep your family safe, ”said Cherie Sage, state coordinator for Safe Kids Kansas.

If poisoning is possible, immediately call 1-800-222-1222.

The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

More information can be found here and here.

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