Boone County Fire promotes National Poison Prevention Week

4 years 3 months 1 day ago Tuesday, March 17 2015 Mar 17, 2015 Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:23:00 PM CDT March 17, 2015 in News
By: Christina Santiago, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Boone County Fire District gave mid-Missourians tips Tuesday to keep kids safe in honor of National Poison Prevention Week.

The Missouri Poison Center alone received more than 74,000 calls last year. More than half those cases involved children under six years old.

"The things we want to keep kids from are medicines, cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning products and foreign objects," said Peggy Kinamore, a registered nurse and the poison center's public education coordinator. "Medication safety is a big part of that."

Boone County Fire Captain Martina Ponds said she has responded to many accidental poisoning calls.

"Often times, kids have accidentally swallowed their parents' pills or something. Children see things differently and might think it's a toy or a snack. So we thought this was a good opportunity to remind folks about keeping things like medicines and cleaning products on high shelves," said Ponds.

Tips to prevent poisonings include:

  • Do not put your next dose on the counter or table where children can reach them. It only takes seconds for a child to get them.
  • If you have to do something else while taking medicine, such as answer the phone, take any young children with you.
  • Secure the child safety cap completely every time you use a medicine.
  • After using them, do not leave medicines or household products out. As soon as you are done with them, put them away and out of sight in a cabinet where a child cannot reach them.
  • Be aware of any legal or illegal drugs that guests may bring into your home. Ask guests to store drugs where children cannot find them. Children can easily get into pillboxes, purses, backpacks, or coat pockets.
  • Do not call medicine "candy". 
"You know, I can think of an iron supplement, which you can get without a prescription," said Kilgore's pharmacist Bill Morrisey. "But they are very colorful, look very similar to cinammon red hot candies or spree candies. A child can very easily overdose on iron. Iron poisoning is nothing to joke about."
Morrissey said as spring brings on allergies and allergy medications, Poison Prevention Week is a nice reminder for parents.

 

More News

Grid
List
CALIFORNIA - Moniteau County is considering regulations for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) that are more restrictive than state law.... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 7:49:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Exclusive surveillance video shows a 2-year-old child dragged and then hit by a mini-van Monday morning. ... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 4:40:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former FBI agent who was involved in the criminal investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 4:01:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
BOONVILLE - Flooding along the Missouri River is still affecting the Katy Trail near Boonville. The annual five-day Katy Trail... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 2:24:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The legacy of former Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman is living on through his community, his co-workers and the... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 1:48:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Court documents reveal details behind the arrest of alleged child abductor Jillanne Pagano. Pagano is accused... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 11:49:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
TRENTON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Highway Patrol says a 24-year-old police officer is recovering after being shot by a... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 8:59:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - During the Columbia City Council meeting on Monday, it is expected to discuss construction for a hiking trail... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 2:54:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The city council plans to vote on the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) on Monday. The... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 2:18:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - A Brumley man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single car accident on MO 42... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 8:33:00 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
FULTON - Two Fulton residents were arrested Sunday afternoon after authorities say they resisted arrest. Fulton Police attempted to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:34:00 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
OLEAN - As natural disasters swept through Missouri, some people are unable to stay in their homes. Flood victims... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:00:00 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
ELDON - A St. Charles woman has died from injuries sustained after a golf cart crash in Eldon Saturday. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 4:42:00 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A bill dubbed the "Jedi Disposal Act" could soon make Missouri the first state to allow... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 2:50:12 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The missing 5-year-old girl found safe in North Carolina this week is now back in her father's custody.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 15 2019 Jun 15, 2019 Saturday, June 15, 2019 8:59:00 PM CDT June 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Shelter Insurance will hold its 43rd season of Concerts in the Garden series. According to Shelter Insurance's... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 15 2019 Jun 15, 2019 Saturday, June 15, 2019 8:12:00 PM CDT June 15, 2019 in News
MORGAN COUNTY - Five people were injured when a passenger boat exploded on the Lake of the Ozarks Saturday afternoon.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 15 2019 Jun 15, 2019 Saturday, June 15, 2019 6:56:00 PM CDT June 15, 2019 in News
COOPER COUNTY - One man is dead and another injured after a two vehicle collision in Cooper County Friday afternoon.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 15 2019 Jun 15, 2019 Saturday, June 15, 2019 4:20:47 PM CDT June 15, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
3am 67°
4am 65°
5am 64°
6am 63°