John F. Kennedy’s Proclamation 3449 declared the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week, stating:
“Whereas accidental poisoning consistently takes a substantial toll of lives each year, especially among very young children… I, John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning March 18, 1962, as National Poison Prevention Week.”
If you have any questions or someone you know may have been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222. This number will connect you to your local poison center, which is staffed by medical experts 24 hours every day. Save it in your cell phone and post it on the fridge or near the phone.
Call 911 if someone is unconscious or having difficulty breathing.
Poisonings are more common than you may think. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, “poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the U.S.”
While most poisoning exposures involved medications (around 57%), other sources include household products, plants, pesticides, carbon monoxide, radon, and gas leaks.
Is your home poison safe? Learn how to keep your friends, family, and yourself safe at home with these poison prevention tips.
We use natural gas to power our water heaters, furnaces, gas stoves, and other essentials. Like the other poisonous gases on our list, natural gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. At high levels, it can kill you.
Besides the huge risk of fire and explosion, natural gas inhalation can lead to asphyxia (when body is deprived of oxygen) and even death.
Due to the huge health and safety risks associated with natural gas, manufacturers are required to add a chemical called mercaptan to give it its signature rotten-egg smell.
So if you smell a sulfuric, rotten-egg smell, there’s a good chance you have a gas leak nearby. React accordingly. Don’t turn on or off any electrical devices or operate an open flame. Open as many windows and doors as you can while you evacuate the household. Once everyone is safely outside, call the gas company to come take a look. Don’t reenter the home until you have been given official permission to reenter.
Natural Gas Poison Prevention Tips:
Over 500 people die in the United States every year from accidental carbon monoxide poisonings (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
CO Poison Prevention Tips:
If you or someone you know feels the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning (dizziness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, confusion):
Learn more about how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning here.
Service Champions cares about your comfort and safety. If your carbon monoxide detectors aren’t working or you suspect a problem with your heating system, contact us right away.
According to EPA estimates, “Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers… Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.”
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. Similar to carbon monoxide, radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. It is created when uranium breaks down in the soil, rock, and groundwater below us. Since radon forms naturally in the ground, we are all at risk for exposure.
Radon gas enters homes and buildings through holes and pores in the soil underneath. Radon can also enter through the water supply, but normally this is only an issue if you get your water from a groundwater source, such as wells.
Since the pressure in our buildings is lower than the pressure outside, a suction effect is created, bringing radon inside via floors and walls, construction joints, cavities inside walls, and the water supply.
The only real way to know if you are breathing in too much radon is by testing your home with the right testing equipment.
How to Test Your Home for Radon:
The lower your radon levels, the lower your risk of lung cancer.
Here are addition poison prevention tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
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Additional information can be obtained by calling your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.
Additional Safety Resources:
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