Minister of Health Stresses the Importance of Poison Prevention.pdf
OTTAWA, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, along with the
consumer product safety agencies in the United States and Mexico, are
reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of poison during
Poison Prevention Week 2013 (March 17-23).
Unintentional poisoning is one of the leading causes of injury among
children. Even though these incidents can be prevented, thousands of
children in Canada visit emergency rooms after consuming poisonous
substances each year.
"Prevention is the key to keeping children safe from poisoning," said
the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "Most poison
injuries occur in and around the home so it is important for parents
and caregivers to learn how to properly store and keep dangerous
substances out of sight and out of reach of children."
Child-resistant packaging, critical safety messaging and education
efforts have contributed to a significant decline in injuries and
deaths, however, Canada, the US and Mexico are aiming to further reduce
the number of unintentional poisonings. The three countries' federal
consumer product safety organizations are working together to raise
awareness among consumers, who play a critical role in safely choosing,
using, and disposing of potentially dangerous household chemical
Parents and caregivers are reminded to:
Read the label before buying or using a household chemical and follow
the instructions each time you use the product.
Make sure all child-resistant containers are functioning properly.
Keep chemicals, medications, cleaning supplies and art supplies safely
stored in a locked cabinet or box, out of sight and reach of children.
Keep household chemicals and medicines in their original containers and
leave the original labels on the products.
Make sure children understand the hazard symbols on household chemical
products, so they do not unintentionally harm themselves or others.
If a poisoning is suspected, contact the local Poison Control Centre or
In addition to a joint awareness campaign with the US Consumer Product
Safety Commission and Mexico's Consumer Protection Federal Agency
(Profeco), Health Canada is also working to create and distribute
resources for ongoing poison prevention education through its Stay Safe Program and Hazardcheck campaign. These initiatives aim to increase awareness of ways to avoid
unintentional poisoning and ultimately reduce poison-related injuries
For more information on unintentional poisoning and for tips on how to
prevent them, please visit the websites for Health Canada, Safe Kids Canada and the Canadian Association of Poison Control Centres.
PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2013/03/19/20130319_C5933_DOC_EN_24637.pdf
SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
Health Canada news releases are available on the Internet at www.healthcanada.gc.ca/media
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