California Poison Control System offers seven timely safety tips for National Safety Month

Observed every June, National Safety Month highlights efforts to prevent unexpected injury and death. But according to California Poison Control System, there are countless opportunities to engage in safety measures every day of every month.

Established by the National Safety Council, NSM emphasizes preventing work-related injuries and death. This year each week of the month is focused on a particular theme: safety engagement; roadway safety; risk reduction; and slips, trips and falls.

In honor of NSM, CPCS offers the following tips to help prevent injury and death and stay safe in the workplace

  • Keep all household and personal care products in their original containers locked up, out of sight and reach of co-workers.
  • Never put something that is not food in a food or beverage container, such as a soda bottle, cup, or glass.
  • Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in the workplace. Test that they are working and change their batteries every six months.
  • Properly dispose of any expired, unwanted, or unused medicine around the workplace.

If your employer has a “take your child to work day” make sure that you take the following extra precautions

  • Keep any plants in your workplace out of reach of children; and know their names in case a small child accidentally chews on or eats one.
  • Never leave purses or bags that may contain medicine, cosmetics, and other poison dangers unattended in the workplace (especially if a child can reach them).
  • Never leave children unattended around items in the workplace that use button batteries (for example, remotes, calculators, watches, or clocks).

If you have questions any time there is a toxic exposure in your home call California Poison Control System at (800) 222-1222. CPCS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

About CPCS
Call Poison Control at (800) 222-1222 (number is the same in all states) for questions about poison encounters. Trained pharmacists, nurses and other providers are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free, confidential and interpreters are available. Get weekly tips about safety by texting TIPS to 20121 for English or texting PUNTOS to 20121 for Spanish. Follow CPCS on Facebook and on Twitter @poisoninfo. CPCS is part of the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and is responsible to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.