Fall 2020 Newsletter

Campaign Spotlight: Poison Prevention and Control

This month I was on a quest to discover what items are causing the greatest alarm and concern for families at home.  There is an increased risk of accidental poisoning in children from many different environments but home safety is ever present.  Parents are now working from home more than ever and children’s safety has been an amplified topic in the media.  

According to the National Poison Data System (NPDS), between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020, there was a 10% increase in exposures to household cleaners in children 0-5 years old when compared to 2019.  The top exposures were to liquid laundry detergent packets, bleaches, all-purpose cleaners, drain cleaners, and oven cleaners. 

There are also items we do not generally think of as toxic, such as hand sanitizers which have increased in use over the past 8 months.  The FDA warns of the dangers of ingesting hand sanitizers under any conditions.  However, hand sanitizers with possible methanol contamination are more life-threatening than those that are not contaminated and the FDA has urged consumers not to ingest any of these products.  For example, some children are licking excess hand sanitizer, so it is important to properly use these products by allowing them to fully absorb into the skin.

At Signs That Save™, we feel that it is imperative to understand the needs of kids and that not every child has the same needs.  Some studies suggest that children on the autism spectrum, and those with ADHD, are more prone to accidents.  Did you know that as many as 40 percent of autistic individuals are nonverbal?  The majority of patients with non-verbal autism who experienced accidental ingestion of products are brought in by concerned caregivers who noticed a change in their child’s behavior. 

According to the CDC, unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of death for all age groups.  Since 2009, it has surpassed motor vehicle fatalities as the leading cause of injury death in the United States.  This is why it is incredibly important to bring attention to this topic and prevention. We had the privilege to hear from two experts in the field of exceptional student education and interviews are linked here.

                                                    Founder, Kimberly Beaman Rios

Poison Control Matters
 News and Resources 

Expert Interview with Sharon Beeh-Schack

Sharon Beeh-Schack explains the unique challenges caregivers face when administering traditional poison control measures to those with disabilities. This is really important information for all caregivers.  

At the link below, you can read the full interview! 
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Expert Interview with Heather May 

"As an educator, I feel the biggest concern right now regarding poison control at school is educating both the students and the parents in the topic of poison control to help in the area of prevention. Young students are at greatest risk for unintentional poisonings, but schools are not focused on issues like poison control."

At the link below, you can read the full interview! 
Click Here! 

Poison Control Resources 

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Our poison control vinyl adhesive sticker is ideal as a visual reminder to lock up every day items such as household cleaners, medicines and chemical that are dangerous to children and those most vulnerable.  Our image was created to remind the caregiver to “Lock It Up!” and mindfully designed to help deter a child from getting into these items.  Parent education and prevention is key and we believe in many layers of proactivity and protection.  We encourage caregivers to have open conversations with their kids about safety in and out of the home.

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