Sunday marked the start of National Poison Prevention Week.
CANDY, Citizens Against Needless Deaths in Youth, and health experts want to make sure you're doing all you can to protect your child from being poisoned.
Statistics show that more than 60 percent of poisons occur in children ages 1 to 5. That's why health experts say it's is so important to make sure your home safe.
"It's very important to try to keep all medicines and any kind of toxic substance out of the reach of children, whether they are locked up, put up high, you know, out of reach, out of sight," Dr. Lawrence Leake with Singing River Hospital says.
Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:
- Never call medicine candy.
- Buy medicine and household products in childproof packages.
- Don't take medicine in front of small children because they tend to copy.
- Always keep important telephone numbers like your doctor, hospital, and the poison control center handy.
The Poison Control Center's toll free number is 1-800-738-9898.