The Poison Prevention Week Council as well as other national organizations have available a number of resources that can be used in the childcare program, with children, and sent home to parents. Each year in mid-March, the Council sponsors a week of activities but the resources can be used year 'round. Here are some resources that you may want to obtain for your childcare program:
Pesticides and Child Safety (EPA #735-R-95-050R) Contains tips on safeguarding children from accidental pesticide poisoning or exposures and important contact phone numbers on who to call if an accident occurs.
Read the Label First! Protect Your Kids (EPA #740-F-00-001) A brochure about protecting children from exposure to household cleaners and pesticides.
Ten Tips to Protect Children from Pesticide and Lead Poisoning Around the Home (EPA #735-F-97-001). These resources can be obtained free of charge, in Spanish and English, National Service Center for Environmental Publications, PO Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242-2419; 800-490-9198; www.epa.gov/ncepihom
Home Safe Home Tips for parents on how to protect young children in the home environment. Spanish versions available. Up to 100 copies free. Ask for information on larger orders. The Soap and Detergent Association, 1500 K St., NW, Ste 300, Washington, DC 20005 www.cleaning101.com
Locked Up Poisons An 8-1/2 x 11" pamphlet in English and Spanish with safety recommendations for poison prevention. 100 copies of this pamphlet are available. You may add your own name and address when you reprint this pamphlet. Poison Prevention Week Council, PO Box 1543, Washington, DC 20013; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/382.html.
National SAFE KIDS Campaign® Resources The National SAFE KIDS Campaign has developed several poison prevention resources including a poison injury fact sheet, an informational brochure for adults, and an educational children's booklet, Filbert Prevents a Poison. National SAFE KIDS Campaign, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N., Ste. 1000, Washington, D.C. 20004; 202-662-0600; www.safekids.org.
More poison prevention materials are available on the website, www.poisonprevention.org
or by calling 301-504-0580.