Safe Kids Midlands
Palmetto Health Richland
7 Richland Medical Park Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
PHONE (803) 434-2955
FAX (803) 434-7379
Kids are curious! In addition, kids get into everything - and where do they put what they find? In their mouths! U.S. poison control centers reported more than 1.2 million poisonings in kids under age five in 2002. . In 2001, 96 children ages 14 and under died from poisoning incidents. About 85,000 young children visited U.S. hospital emergency rooms due to unintentional poisonings in 2004.' Children ate or tasted toxic amounts of poisonous household cleaners, iron, and alcohol. Some children were exposed to fatal amounts of carbon monoxide.
Prevent childhood poisonings. Keep harmful substances out of their sight and reach. Test for lead and carbon monoxide. No prevention method is 100 percent effective so know the number for poison control in your area. In the Midlands of SC, the local poison control number is 803 777-1117
Eliminate potential hazards:
Know which household products are poisonous. Something as common as mouthwash can be harmful if a child swallows a large amount.
Buy child-resistant packaging. They are not guaranteed, but they do slow kids down.
Never leave poisonous household products out where kids may get to them. It takes only seconds for a poisoning to occur.
Always read labels and follow the exact directions. This is very important when giving your small child medicine. Call your child's doctor if you have questions.
Prepare your home:
Store all household products and medications locked out of sight and reach of children.
Throw away old medicines and other potential poisons.
Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. These detectors may prevent up to half of carbon monoxide poisoning deaths.
If your home was built before 1978, have it tested for lead-based paint.
Call Poison control with questions: 1-800-222-1222. Keep the number posted by your phones.
Never refer to medicine or vitamins as "candy."
Teach grandparents and relatives to take precautions. Many poisonings occur at times of stress. Holiday visits and moving days bring a change of routine and kids may get into poisons when parents are busy with other details.