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March 20, 2013
It is estimated that seven children (under the age of 14) die every year in Canada from poisoning and approximately 1,700 are hospitalized for poison related injuries. To recognize National Poison Prevention Week, London Health Sciences Centre’s Trauma Program is sharing important tips to help keep our children safe from accidental harm.
Poison is defined as any substance that causes harm to the body if swallowed, inhaled or in contact with skin or mucous membranes. Some substances are also poisonous if they are injected. Poisons can cause a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from a mild reaction to a serious illness or even possible death.
Tips to keep children safe from poisoning:
What to do if someone is poisoned:
Ontario Poison Control contact information:
Phone Number: 416-813-5900
Teletype: 416-597-0215 or 1-877-750-2233
Ontario Poison Centre. (2007). Education: for families.
Safe Kids Canada. (2007). Child and youth unintentional injury: 10 years in review, 1994-2003.