March 5, 2015
Safety education: Poisoning
National Poison Prevention week is March 15-21, 2015.
Today we're going to learn some important poison prevention tips along with some life applications.
HRSA has a wonderful site called Poison Help.
*Visit Poison Help's, "What Can You Do?" section and read through the various pages on the left side bar.
*Read over the articles together or have older students navigate through at their own pace, taking notes along the way.
*On the Emergency Checklist page:
1. Within the first sentence of the article, we are given the 1-800- number to call. Have your students put this number in their mobile phones under "Poison Help" right now. Parents/teachers too!
2. As we read over the article, I found the need to emphasize to the children the time stated to rinse the skin or eyes was longer than they thought. 15-20 minutes is a long time!!
If you have time, let them "rinse" each other's hand
under the water without looking at a clock and stop
when they think 15 minutes have passed.
~ They thought 7 minutes was an eternity!
(quite an eye-opener!)
3. At the end of the article it asks us to be ready to talk to the expert on the phone. Use the questions to review important family information.
Do your children know how old you/parents are?
Do they know if anyone in the family has special medical conditions?
Sometimes we assume the children pick up this information automatically, just by being a family member. An emergency is not the time to find out they didn't know!
Could your child give adequate directions to your home?
If not, have them Google your address, print out the directions, and keep them near the phone.
*After reading through the section, "Poison Proof your Home" have students create their own checklist to refer to as they walk through their home or a family member's home.
*Finally, with all the information learned, have the students prepare a display or presentation to be given to fellow homeschoolers, family or friends for the upcoming National Poison Prevention week, March 15-21. Also, check with your local library or fire company to see if you can present your findings to a public group.
Thank you for joining us this week.
Additional note: Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:00 am. The clock is set to go forward 1 hour at that time. It's also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors!
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disclaimer: I am not a doctor or safety expert. This article is only intended
to serve as an encouragement to discuss safety basics and give safety class
ideas to homeschoolers.
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