Calling All Grandparents: Is Your Home Safe from Poisoning?

Throughout the month of September, in the weeks surrounding Grandparents Day on September 7, the Up and Away and Out of Sight campaign of the CDC's PROTECT initiative, reminds grandparents, parents and families that safe medicine storage is essential in protecting children from poisoning. As a proud member of PROTECT, The Upstate New York Poison Center provides the following information for grandparents.

  • Medicine poisoning affects a child every 8 minutes.
  • Toddlers are commonly involved in a poisoning as they explore their environment.
  • Over 60K kids visit Emergency Departments after getting into medicine left within reach.
  • A poisoning often occurs shortly after a child has been given that medicine.
  • A Safe Kids report External link found that 1 in 8 grandparents provide regular care for a grandchild. Yet more grandparents identified electrical outlets than medicine as a top safety issue, even though children are 36 times more likely to go to the Emergency Department for medicine poisoning.

Don't let your grandchild be a poisoning statistic. This Grandparents Day, keep your children safe by putting medicine up and away from curious hands and out of sight of small children. Take time to be sure top are on securely after every use. Let's celebrate Grandparents Day! Make sure your home is always poison safe?

To find more educational information and newsletters with many poison safety tips, visit our website.

Be sure to visit the Ups and Away Campaign www.upandaway.org for more helpful tips.

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