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This week is national poison prevention week, and Safe Kids Wake County has coordinated several events where citizens can safely dispose of their unused or outdated medicines. But, of course, medicine is only one poisoning danger for children.
Did you know that each year, more than 1.2 million children ages 5 and under are unintentionally poisoned? Whether its medication on your dresser, cleaning supplies under your kitchen sink, cosmetics in your bathroom or carbon monoxide from gas appliances in your home, you can take simple steps to keep your kids safe.
It’s important to remember what young kids see and reach, they usually put in their mouths and as their mobility and capabilities increase, they can reach medicines and household products wherever they’re stored. And, keep the poison control number handy (1-800-222-1222).
Store potentially poisonous household products and medications locked out of your child’s sight and reach. To help prevent poisoning in the home, click here for a handy tip sheet. And, visit the Food & Drug Administration web site to learn more about storing and disposing of medications safely.
Safe Kids Wake County Operation Medicine Drop Dates & Locations
(additional counties dates and locations can he found here)
3/18 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
105 W. Chatham St.; Cary
3/20 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
1210 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary
3/20 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
305 North Judd Parkway NE; Fuquay-Varina
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610