Poison Prevention Event to be held by Hamilton County Health Department

Poison Prevention Event to be held by Hamilton County Health Department

March is Poison Prevention Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness about accidental poisoning and educating the public on how to prevent such incidents, especially among children. The Hamilton County Health Department has partnered with the Indiana Poison Control Center (IPC) to host a free webinar on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m.

According to Jim Ginder, Health Education Specialist at the department, over 90% of poisonings occur in the home. The goal of the webinar is to teach parents and caregivers about common household hazards, effective child-proofing techniques, and how to handle emergencies related to poisonings. Adam Overberg, Clinical Toxicologist and IPC Director, emphasized that most poison exposures are not life-threatening and can be managed at home with assistance from a specialist.

Calling IPC (1-800-222-1222) can provide quick, free, and confidential help, potentially preventing unnecessary visits to urgent care or the emergency room. The main objective is to create a safe environment for children to avoid such exposures. Registration for the webinar is free and open to the public, with the link available at tinyurl.com/poisonpreventionwebinar.

In the event that a parent suspects their child has consumed a harmful substance, they should immediately contact Poison Control for guidance. By taking proactive steps and educating oneself on prevention strategies, poisoning incidents can be reduced or even avoided altogether.

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