March 15-21 National Poison Prevention Week

March 15-21, 2009 is National Poison Prevention Week. National Poison Prevention Week is observed during the third week in March each year. It is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.

The U.S. Congress established the National Poison Prevention Week back in 1961 (P.L. 87-319) to promote poison prevention.

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than 6.

By following poison prevention safety tips, you can reduce the risk of accidental poisoning in your home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of tips to prevent poisonings at:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/poisonprevention.htm