March 17-23 is National Poison Prevention Week and nurses from Rooks County Health Center (RCH) will be conducting poison prevention classes in county elementary schools beginning March 18.
Children under the age of 6 are the most frequent victims of accidental poisoning. According to the University of Kansas Health System almost 50% of the calls to poison control centers involve children in this age group and nearly 90% of poisonings happen at home.
The good news is that most poisonings can be prevented. To enhance poison awareness and help educate young children, RCH is providing a learning presentation to Rooks County students from Preschool to 1st grade. The presentation will consist of a video produced by The University of Kansas Health System called “Hunter and Scout’s Poison Patrol” as well as activities to help children learn and identify common household poisons. Each child will be sent home with a pencil, a magnet with Poison Control’s phone number listed, a special sticker, and a Poison Safety At Home booklet to read with their families, provided by The University of Kansas Health System.
Spearheading this safety initiative in Rooks County is Megan Casey, RN, a pharmacy nurse at RCH, who stated “The hospital is committed to providing education and enhancing community health and safety, and providing this presentation to the kids in our county is just one more way in which we’re accomplishing that. There are so many everyday household items that can pose a poisoning risk to kids. Preventing such poisonings starts with education”.
Casey went on to say that it was her hope that after the presentation kids would go home and share the important information they learned with their families.
The poison prevention presentations will be held at Little Lambs Preschool in Plainville on the morning of Monday, March 18, Stockton Elementary Tuesday, March 19 in the afternoon and at Sacred Heart Grade school Friday, March 22. Damar Elementary and Plainville Elementary presentation dates are yet to be announced.
If you or anyone you know touches, smells, or tastes a poisonous item call the Poison Help line immediately at 1-800-222-1222.