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Poison Prevention

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Poison Prevention

 

Child Safety Link works with the IWK Regional Poison Centre to help educate Maritime communities about poisoning prevention. Children aged 5 years and younger are more at risk for poisonings because they like to explore the world by putting things in their mouths.

 

What is a poison?

A poison is something that can make you sick if you swallow it, taste it, smell it, get it on your skin, or get it in your eye. A poison can be a drug or a non-drug substance.

 

Child Safety Link recommends the following measures to help prevent poisonings in your home:

 

If you know or even suspect that your child has eaten a poison, it is best to call for advice immediately. 

In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, call the IWK Regional Poison Centre at 1-800-565-8161 or (902)470-8161. In New Brunswick, call 911.  The IWK Regional Poison Centre is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as a confidential source of information on poisons and poison exposures for both children and adults. 

 
Helpful links:
 

Poison Prevention Resources

The following resources will provide you with the top tips for keeping your children safe from poisonings.

 

Poison Look-alikes in the Home
Blog: The Poison Purse – Be Wary of the Poison You May Carry
Infographic: Home Safe Home: Poison Dangers in the Home    en français
Brochure: Not all Poisons Are Found in a Bottle: Helping Parents Keep Their Children Safe from Poisonous Plants      en français

 

Poison Prevention Videos 

The following public service announcements are related to poisoning prevention:

 

Preventing Children’s Medicine Poisoning (CTV)

Children Act Fast, So Do Poisons (CTV)

How to prevent children’s poisonings in the home (Rogers Cable)