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Ninety percent of the potential poisoning exposures happen in the home.

There has been a change in the demographics of poisoning deaths.  Although children are still at risk, it is no longer only small children getting under the kitchen sink.  Now children ages 6 through 18 are 13 percent of the exposure and 3 percent of the deaths.  There is a rise in unintentional poisoning by adults older than 19 years of age.  They comprise 16 percent of the exposures and 97 percent of the deaths.   Adults older than 60 years of age represented 16 percent of poisoning fatalities reported to poison control centers.

A number of factors have contributed to this increase in lives saved: 

  • the 1961 Proclamation by President Kennedy making the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week
  • the formation of the National Poison Prevention Week Council
  • increased awareness of the American Association of Poison Control Centers
  • the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970

All of these efforts and others contributed to a greater awareness and abatement of the risks of poisoning for small children.  However, millions of people are still unintentionally poisoned every year. 

To help reduce these poisonings, this kit provides the tools to conduct outreach in the community, highlighting three topics: 

Emergency Care - CPR Chest Compressions

Become trained in first aid and CPR with AED.  Ideally, at least one person in each household and workplace should have these lifesaving skills.  Emergency care skills can mean the difference between life and death, temporary and permanent disability, and short- and long-term recovery.

Safe Communities America orange and blue logo

Safe Communities America, as an Affiliate Safe Communities Support Center, helps communities apply for the International Safe Community designation.  The International Safe Community designation recognizes communities that come together to promote safe and healthy behaviors that protect people from hurt and harm in all aspects of their lives.

Learn more about how your community can receive the International Safe Community designation. 



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