Next week, March 18-24, 2018 is the 2018 National Poison Prevention week and Scouts everywhere can make a difference. The first step is to call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 to see how you can work together. Then refer to the materials in the Poison Prevention Week Planner (just click here) to prepare and promote any additional activities or events to support your poison center’s activities.
Two types of materials are included:
- Activity and event-planning suggestions that outline activities for you to work with your poison center. For example,
- your Scout unit could do poison prevention training for parents and babysitters. You can find training ideas at the Poison Help Website. Since the leading causes of poison exposures among children under age 6 involve cosmetics, cleaning products, and medicines, an effective event might teach those who provide care for children what the common dangers are.
- Another example for Preteens/Teens is misuse of inhalants—household products that are sniffed to get high. This is a growing concern nation wide, as is prescription drug abuse. An effective event might be to hold a school assembly with skits that focus on the harm and dangers involved with using inhalants and other drugs.
- Other ideas include:
- Posting general facts about poisoning and poison center resources on your unit Facebook page with a link to the Poison Help Website.
- Call your radio station and ask them to read the live-read public service announcements and to play the Poison Help radio jingles, available for download on the Poison Help Website.
- Hold a brown bag lunch at work to educate coworkers and your employer about potential workplace poisoning risks.
- Hold a Local National Poison Prevention Week Poster Contest. Many poison centers invite children in the community to create a poster that can be used to educate the public about poisoning.
- Host a Poison First-Aid Class Work with your local poison center to obtain teaching materials so you can coordinate a first-aid class focused on poisoning for your community and workplace.
- Partner With Your Local Poison Center to Coordinate a Tour Depending on the feasibility of doing so at your local poison center, consider holding a picnic outside of the facility followed by a small-group tour.
- Another idea is to collaborate with local schools to offer a tour of your local poison center as a field trip, if your poison center is equipped to offer tours. Conduct a Community Health Fair
- Snapshots of Past Events and Activities—This 2-page PDF document illustrates several events that poison centers have implemented in previous years to increase community awareness about poisons, poison safety, and poison prevention.
BSA “Safety Moment” SUMMARY
- American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Poisoning Prevention
- The Boy Scout Handbook, No. 34622