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Hanford Fire Department

March is poison prevention month; follow these tips to keep your family and loved ones safe:

Storage Tips:

  • Store medicines and products in their original containers.
  • Lock medicines and household products where children cannot see or reach them.
  • Use child-resistant packaging. Replace the caps tightly.
  • Store household products in a different place from food and medicine.
  • Keep purses and briefcases out of children’s reach.

Prevent Poisoning from Medicines:

  • Read the label before taking or giving medicine.
  • Use medicine only as directed by your doctor or the label.
  • Call medicine by its proper name, not "candy".
  • Take medicine in a place where children cannot watch, because children learn by imitating adults.

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Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • Keep appliances, furnaces, fireplaces, and wood-burning stoves in good repair.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm.

General Poison Prevention Tips:

  • When answering the phone or the door, take open products (or your children!) with you.
  • Put the poison center number 1-800-222-1222 on or near your phone.
  • Be sure that every home where your child spends time is poison-proofed.

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Fire Safety Tips are prepared by Fire Captain Matthew Rowe of the Hanford Fire Department. Become a fan of the HFD by clicking “like” at facebook.com/HanfordFireFollow the HFD on Twitter at twitter.com/HanfordFire

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