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Hunter & Scout's Poison Patrol

Hunter & Scout's Poison Patrol

Did you know that children under the age of six are the most frequent victims of poisoning? Approximately 50% of the calls to poison centers involve children of this age and nearly 90% of the exposure occurs at a home. The good news is that most poisonings can be prevented, but we need your help!

The Poison Control Center at The University of Kansas Health System has developed the Hunter & Scout's Poison Patrol Program. The program makes it easy and fun to teach this important topic of poison prevention to your students. The program includes a video and classroom activities as well as educational materials for parents/caregivers – because getting parents and other caregivers involved is critical in poison prevention.

Thank you for joining us in helping to protect children and families from the threat of unintentional poisonings. Together, we can make a difference.

Goals

  • Teach young children to always ask an adult before touching, tasting or smelling a potentially poisonous substance.
  • Increase awareness of the Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222.
  • Implement poison prevention strategies at home.

Key messages

  1. Stay away from areas/items at home that could contain poisonous items: Medicine cabinet; kitchen; bathroom and laundry room cabinets; cleaning cabinet; purses, diaper bags, backpacks and luggage; dressers, nightstands, kitchen or bathroom counters; garage.
  2. Never touch, taste or smell something that could be poisonous, especially if you don't know what it is.
  3. If you don't know what it is – stay away and ask a grown-up.
  4. Never take medicine, even your vitamins, without permission from a grown-up.
  5. If someone you know touches, tastes or smells something that could be poisonous, tell a grown-up right away.
  6. Help your parents and other adults put Poison Help magnets in easy-to-find places, like on the refrigerator, and program the number into their phones.
  7. Have an adult call the Poison Help line immediately, 1-800-222-1222, if you or someone else touches, tastes or smells a poisonous item.

Your program at-a-glance

  • DVD –  fun and educational poison prevention video and song (14 minutes)
  • Educator's guide – includes poison prevention information and classroom activities
  • Printouts for activities
  • "Ask Me What I Learned Today About Poison" stickers – to be given to all students who participate in the Hunter & Scout's Poison Patrol Program
  • Poison Help Magnets (1 for each student) – an important reminder featuring the Poison Help line number, 1-800-222-1222
  • Family booklet – current need-to-know safety information for avoiding poisonings at home

Please submit the following information to request the Hunter & Scout's Poison Patrol Program:

Hunter & Scout's Poison Patrol Program

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