NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Dec. 20, 2012
Contact: Niki Forbing-Orr
Public Information Officer
Medications, cigarette butts top list of calls to poison center during holidays
The holiday season is a time for celebration and happiness, but the number of poisoning incidents involving children increases during the holidays. More than half of the calls to the poison center at this time of year concern young children ingesting medications left out by visiting family members. Other common questions and calls are about cigarettes, batteries, food poisoning, holiday plants, bubble lights, angel hair, snow sprays, and fireplace color crystals.
Idaho’s Poison Center offers a few tips on how to make this a wonderful and safe time of year:
Prevention is the best treatment for poisonings. Idaho’s Poison Center offers tips on holiday safety and poison prevention as a free community service to the public. For more information, please call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
(Editors: For more information, contact the Idaho Injury Prevention & Surveillance Program at 334-6585)