Health department warns families of everyday poison concerns

Next week is Poison Control Week. Most people would be interested to learn that more than 25,000 calls for help are made to the Poison Control Center in Utah each year. Farron Wiesse of the Bear River Health Department’s Safe Kids Coalition said a lot of the problems with children and poisons is leaving common products that are potentially poison within reach. On KVNU’s For the People program Wednesday, Wiesse said that might be just leaving something like diaper rash ointment next to a tube of toothpaste. “One thing we are encouraging parents is, one, to educate their kids on things that can be eaten, things that are used for cleaning,” Wiesse said. “But also pay attention if you’re using some of those cleaners, if you set them down for just a minute that’s when it seems like problems happen. “If you use cleaners always keep them up and out of reach of kids. Best to keep them out of sight.” Wiesse said the Utah Poison Control Center is a great resource if a poisoning occurs.

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