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r, - ,%iv i... ir l*._l . . . ".,- I I i ,l', ,; It+l I i'll  i f--  , . i CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 10 - April 16, 1998. 47 Prevent childhood poisonings with common sense According to the U. S. Con- sumer Product Safety Commis- sion, more than 1 million con- sumers call poison control centers about childhood poisonings every year. The National Safety Council indicates that 80 children between the ages of 0 to 14 die each year from poisoning by solids and liq- uids and 500,000 will require medical attention. Children 1 to 3 are at the highest risk. Young children will put any- thing in their mouths. This behav- ior and their low weight put these children at risk. Many household products can be poisonous if swal- lowed, if in contact with the skin or eyes, or if inhaled. A significant number of acci- dental poisonings involve medi- cines and household products. Examples of household products include mothballs, furniture pol- ish, drain cleaners, weed killers and other pesticides, such as insecticides and rodenticides, lye, paint thinners, bleach and cosmet- ics. Examples of medicines include analgesics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, iron pills and almost any medication used to treat chronic medical conditions. This year's emphasis stresses the importance of preventing poi- sonings from pesticides. "In 1996, there were four deaths from pesticide poisonings," said Dr. Lynn Goldman, assistant adminis- trator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, "and poison centers received 100,000 calls about children exposed to pesticides." These poi- sonings could be prevented if adults would keep pesticides locked away from young children. The statistics are disturbing. Data collected from the American Association of Poison Control Centers in 1996 found that almost 80,000 children were involved in common household pesticides- related poisonings or exposures in the United States. More than 20,000 children were exposed to or poisoned by household chlorine bleach. The U.S. Environmental Protec- tion Agency found that almost half of the households surveyed improperly store pesticides within the reach of small children. Some of these products include disinfec- tants, flea and tick products, ant and roach products, and lawn and garden products. Bathrooms and kitchens are the most likely areas in the home where pesticides are improperly stored. Remember that all pesticides are toxic and should never be accessible to children. Adhere to the following poison prevention checklist and learn how to correct situations in your home that may lead to a childhood poisoning: Buy products with child-resis- tant caps. Read the labels before taking medicine or applying any chemi- cal. Always tightly close caps after each use. This is especially important for grandparents and those with arthritic conditions. Be careful to put away all medicines, cleaners and other tox- ic household products when inter- rupted by the telephone or unex- pected visitor. Children react in seconds. Don't put poison in empty food bottles. Clean up after working around Focus on Health Salvatore to speak on pediatric sleep disorders Dr. Michael Salvatore, Beebe Medical Center pulmonary dis- ease physician, will facilitate a free Focus on Health seminar at Gull House on Wednesday, April 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The topic of the semi- nar is pediatric sleep disorders. To register, call 645-3332. the house, car or garden. Properly store or dispose of leftover chemi- cals and products. Don't take medicine in front of children and never call medicine "candy." Before applying pesticides (indoors or outdoors) remove chil- dren and their toys, as well as pets, from the area and do not allow them to return until the label indi- cates. Keep a 1-oz. bottle of syrup of ipecac in your home and use it only when told to do so by the Poison Control Center or a physi- cian. In case of a poisoning or an exposure, call your nearest poison control center or emergency room. For more information, call the Delaware Safe Kids Coalition, Sussex County chapter, at 856- 7303. DAVID AUGUST, D.O. BOARD CERTIFIED PSYCHIATRIST RED MILL CENTER 467 Highway One, Lewes 645-9076 YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE DYING TO NEED A BUDDY! "Checl00-In'/Phone Buddy you set t] e check-in intervals. "HIV Tc stin00" Buddy to help !ou get ru the wazt for test results "0ne4;laot" Buddy to help you with one, partzcular task Call EL.Active at 30;'-.644-4791 and tell us what you need. NEW BUDDY VOLUNTEER TRAINING MAY 2nd CONFIDENTIAL, CLIENT-ORIENTED HIV/AIDS SERVCES