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When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call Poison Help. Get help right away from a local poison expert.

If someone is unconscious or has trouble breathing, call 911.

What Can You Do?

Participating in National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.

How to participate

  • Contact your local poison center (1-800-222-1222) to find out what activities they may already be planning in your area and how you can help.
  • Refer to the National Poison Prevention Week Planner (23 pages) (PDF - 548 KB) to learn how to plan and promote your events and activities.
  • Consider asking other organizations to take up the cause with you (your poison center may have relationships with other local organizations that can help). With combined resources, you can reach a wider audience.

Sample activities

Every activity – large or small – can make a difference. Here are a few simple activities that do not require large amounts of time or funding:

  • Post general facts about poisoning and poison center resources on your Web site, and link to the to provide your community with additional information.
  • Distribute poison facts to businesses, schools, and other community groups, and encourage them to share this information with others.
  • Hold a brown bag lunch at work to educate coworkers and your employer about potential workplace poisoning risks.

Future observances

  • 2014: March 16-22
  • 2015: March 15-21
  • 2016: March 20-26
  • 2017: March 19-25

History

In 1961, Congress established National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness, reduce unintentional poisonings, and promote poison prevention. It is sponsored by the National Poison Prevention Week Council. Each year, the Council holds a children's artwork contest to raise awareness about poisons. Visit the Council’s Web site Exit Disclaimer for more information. Additionally, poison centers across the country conduct activities to raise awareness of the dangers of poisoning.