Poison Prevention In The Home

A CHILD IS POISONED EVERY 30 SECONDS IN THE US

Teachers: For questions relating to this program, contact the Educator at your regional Poison Center 1-800-764-7661 or 1-800-222-1222

 

1. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM

Changes in our society have had a dramatic effect on the potential for accidental poisonings of children in the home. As trends increase towards single parent families and families in which both parents work outside of the home, many elementary-aged students are being left in charge of younger siblings. Add to this, the increasing use of potentially harmful products in the home, from cleaning supplies and medicines to exotic plants, and the result is a dangerous situation for home safety.

The acciental poison rate for children in the United States now stands at one poisoning every thirty seconds. That's over 2,880 children poisoned accidentally everyday, or once in every six children.

Prevention is the key to alleviating this tremendous problem. Elementary school-aged children hold a special place in poison prevention. Their level of responsibility in the home, combined with their desire to be more independent and helpful, provides an opportunity to instill in these students an awareness of the problem, anticipation of potential poisonings, knowledge of pevention measures and steps to take in the case of a poisoning emergency.

 

2. TIME FRAME

Advance Preparation: 5 minutes (20 minutes if using a video)

Preparation: 30 minutes to review material; 20 minutes to prepare handouts.

Classroom: 20 minutes for young kindergarten to 60 minutes for 6th grade.

Home: 30 minutes to 'poison proof' home. Variable time for poster preparation.

 

3. MATERIALS

Required:

  • Activity sheets (download from this site)
  • Pencils, colored pencils, or colored markers.

Optional:

  • Look-alike household products
    • Pine cleaner and apple juice
    • Red color lamp oil and Big Red soda.
    • Blue or green window cleaner and Powerade or Gatorade
  • Look-alike medicines
    • Cough drop and Jolly Rancher candy
    • Aspergum and Chicklet
    • Ex-lax and chocolate bar
    • Numerous medicines and candies are similar, just use your imagination.
  • Poster-board


4. TECHNOLOGY NEEDED

  • Printer to download activity sheets
  • TV/VCR if showing a poison video


5. ADVANCED PREPARATION

A. Call the Poison Center 2-3 weeks in advance at 1-800-764-7661 or 1-800-222-1222 and request the following FREE materials:

  • Refrigerator magnets with the toll free poison number
  • Stickers with the toll free poison number
  • Poison information brochure to assist with "poison proofing" the home
  • Emergency Action Card containing steps to take in an emergency
  • Inquire about available videos for your use.

B. Order sufficient quantities for each student to have one of each. Be sure to let the poison center know when you will need the materials. Materials will be mailed to you and time frame varies with each poison center (refer to Contact Us page)

C. Preview the video

 

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