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National Poison Prevention Week

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You might not even know it but regular household cleaners and medicines and pose extreme dangers in your home, especially if the wrong hands get a hold of them.

This past week was National Poison Awareness Week 2014, which is designed to educate the public on household cleaners and medication that can pose harm to children or adults who ingest or use them improperly. The majority of those impacted are children under the age of six. 

Every year poison control centers across the country field millions of calls from people who have come into harmful contact with household poisons.

That's why experts recommend keeping cleaners and medications in locked or high out of reach cabinets and cupboards. If you or someone does come into contact with poison, the CDC says you should remain calm and do the following:

  • Call 911 or a poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Try to have this information ready:
    • the victim's age and weight
    • the container or bottle of the poison if available
    • the time of the poison exposure
    • the address where the poisoning occurred
  • Stay on the phone and follow the instructions from the emergency operator or poison control center.

Both the Fargo Fire Department and Moorhead Police Department offer anonymous medication drop off boxes located in the lobby, to help you discard unused medication and dispose of them safely.

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