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Each year in Illinois, there are more people hospitalized for poisonings than for injuries from firearms and motor vehicle collisions combined, according to the Illinois Poison Center.
As part of National Poison Prevention Week the Lombard Fire Department is encouraging residents to learn about the dangers of household medicines.
Read and follow the below tips regarding poison prevention from www.CDC.gov:
“Over 50% of calls to poison centers involve children 5 and younger. Keeping medicines out of the reach of children and locking up household cleaners can help decrease this unnecessary statistic,” said Lombard Fire Department Emergency Medical Coordinator Frank Gallione.
The Lombard Fire Department hopes that this event will bring people together in commemoration of National Poison Prevention Week, to ultimately mitigate the number of people who are involved in poisonings each year, especially poisonings in the home—the most commonly reported poisonings. Residents are also encouraged to register at www.smart911.com. This free service allows users to add useful information for the use of first responders in an emergency situation.
For more information including educational courses, educational computer games for children, and useful resources, please visit www.illinoispoisoncenter.org/IPPM. Please feel free to call Lombard Fire Department Emergency Medical Coordinator Frank Gallione with any questions at (630) 873-4572.