March 18th to March 24th is National Poison Prevention Week. This one week within the Month of March is for heightened awareness and education. The time to better acquaint yourself with all of the possible chemical dangers to your pet.
National Poison Prevention Week is About Caring.
This one week is nestled in the Month of March. As you may know, March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month.
It is weeks and months like this that truly embodies the spirit of caring.
National Poison Prevention Week is all about bringing awareness to the dangers our pets face from simple household items.
Ways to Celebrate National Poison Prevention Week.
Join the conversation online using the hashtags #NPPW18, #PreventPoison, or #PoisonHelp.
Contact your local poison control center to request educational materials and find out about poison prevention campaigns in your area.
Encourage your friends, family, or local politicians to learn how to prevent poisonings. These are just a few ways to actively celebrate and contribute to the cause.
Some Tips to Help Prevent and to be Prepared if a Poisoning Occurs.
Always be prepared for an emergency. Keep the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at your fingertips by saving the number in your mobile phone: 1-(888) 426-4435.
Practice safe storage habits. Always store medicines and hazardous substances up, away, and out of sight of pets.
Read and follow all labels and directions. Review medicine and product labels before you use them, especially time tables pertaining to safe applications. Stay vigilant and have a watchful eye for invisible threats. Have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.
A History of the Cause for Prevention, Change, and Caring.
On September 26, 1961, the 87th United States Congress passed a joint resolution ( Public Law 87-319) requesting that the President of the United States proclaim the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week.
On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy responded to this request and proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week.
The first National Poison Prevention Week was therefore observed in March 1962.
We as well as Our Pets are Constantly Surrounded by Dangerous Substances both Seen and Unseen.
This week of heightened awareness began as a way for humans to better protect themselves from the dangers of poisoning.
As weird as it may sound, someone called a Poison Control Center about every 12 seconds in 2016. This is according to the 34th Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System.
That equates to approximately 2.7 million cases via telephone. These were all either exposure or other unintentional poisonings.
A Society Must Adapt if it is to Survive.
The fact that our pets play such a vital part of our everyday lives, it is no wonder this week has become about them as well.
With the millions of exposure incidents experienced by their owners, it is a safe bet that these pets are in equal danger.
This is why awareness and education is a vital part of keeping us and our beloved pets safe.
The Organizations Behind it All.
The National Poisoning Prevention Council is the official sponsor of National Poison Prevention Week.
The Council is a group of representatives from government and nonprofit organizations that have an interest in the prevention of unintentional poisoning.
This is accomplished through the raising of awareness and the promotion of poison prevention education.
What is National Poison Prevention Week all About?
National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year.
The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people and pets alike.
National Poison Prevention Week is also your chance to promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.
National Poison Prevention Week is About Raising Awareness.
It is true that knowledge is power.
However, in this case, knowledge is the power to save lives. It is reported that the millions of poisonings that occur each year is due in part to the lack of knowledge.
It is virtually impossible to protect yourself and your pet from an unknown danger.
Some of the Most Common Poisons are Already in Your Home.
Here are some alarming statistics that will place a spotlight on the importance of awareness.
In 2016, 79% of exposures involved people who swallowed a substance. There were a total of 2.2 million incident reports. In addition, 78% of all reported incidents were unintentional.
What is more alarming is that in 2016, 93% of human exposures reported to Poison Control Centers occurred at a residence. This just so happens to be where your pet spends about 90% of his or her time.
The More You Know, The Better You Can Protect Yourself and Your Pet.
First of all, the point of these statistics is to point out that these dangers are everywhere.
Secondly, it is to put an emphasis on the fact that we need to be more vigilant, especially since our pets cannot be.
Lastly, if we do not know what is safe, it will be impossible to know what is safe for our furry family members.
Here is a List of Some of the Most Common Items Poisonous to Our Dogs.
· Chocolate is the most common pet poison in a home.
· Rodent pesticides.
· Human vitamins.
· Medications, over-the-counter and prescription.
· Xylitol. The artificial sweetener that is often an ingredient in sugarless chewing gums, mints, and various other seemingly safe products.
· Houseplants. These include sago palms, tulips, oleander, hyacinths, poinsettias, azaleas, lilies, and amaryllis.
· Cleaners of all kind.
· Lawn chemicals of all type.
A List of Other Common Household Items Poisonous to Our Pets.
· fabric softener sheets
· instant hand warmers
· soap gel packs
One Week Dedicated to the Saving of Countless Lives.
National Poison Prevention Week helps to save countless lives while also fostering awareness.
In this case, you cannot overemphasize the importance of knowledge and awareness. Especially since there are so many seemingly harmless household items that can harm our pets.
So, how will you celebrate this glorious week? In conclusion, how will you do your part to spread awareness that will help to save lives?