Poison Prevention Awareness Month serves to educate parents, grandparents, schoolchildren and PTAs about accidental poisoning and how to prevent it. More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults. In addition to the month-long observance, the third week in March each year is designated as National Poison Prevention Week.
March plays home to both Poison Prevention Awareness Month and National Poison Prevention Week. Utilize Metro's resources to educate about the potential poisons that impact adults, children and even pets.