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Poison Prevention Giveaway

on 3.15.2010 at 9:13am
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Did you know that March 14th started the beginning of Poison Prevention Week??

We all see the number to call on the backs of products, but have you ever needed them?  I confess that being a RN I always thought I was smart enough to never get in a situation to need to call.  However, I was very wrong.  When my twins were  2 years old they climbed out of their beds while we were traveling and got into my toiletry bag (which I thought was put away).  They were down for a nap and we heard nothing since we were in another area of the house.  When I went in to get them I found my bottle of prenatal vitamins opened and they were eating some of the pills.  My brain instantly went back to lessons learned in school about iron being a leading cause of poisoning in children under 6.

My instinct was to grab up the kiddos and run to the phone.  We called the center for Florida and they quickly calmed me down and talked us through everything.  We ended up okay; they had each gotten one tablet and the center said that they were fine but that we needed to stay put, get them to drink lots, and keep an eye on them.  It was a huge blessing to know that we didn’t need to rush anywhere and get educated advice on what to do.

Not everyone knows this wonderful services exsits or that it is FREE.  We all have access to a center and many of you even have a center in your local area.

Many of the calls that they get each week are about children under the age of 6 and, just as we learned, more than 80% of the callers are given excellent advice and they do not have to go in for further medical treatment.

The Palmetto Poison Center is teaming up with Southern Savers this week to try to increase awareness.  Many centers provide:

  • Treatment advice for poison related emergencies/information to the public and health care professionals 24 hours a day, free of charge.
  • Free public education programs throughout the state (really to anyone that will listen)
  • Public service announcements on poisoning related topics to media on an as-needed-basis (Holiday hazards, poisoning trends, etc..)
  • A website where our citizens can order free materials like Mr. Yuk stickers, coloring books, magnets, etc…

mr-yuck-t-shirt-front-and-back

The Palmetto Poison Center wants to increase the number of folks that they are helping and educating.    So…  Head over to their Facebook page and become a fan. They put out great safety tips and announcements through facebook.

After you become a fan come back here and leave a comment.  For every 100 fans that they get this week 1 of you will a FREE Mr. Yuk t-shirt.  So if they get 1000 new fans that’s 10 shirts!

I will announce all the t-shirt winners Friday afternoon.

    • Christy Myers

      I became a fan of them.

    • Tina

      I'm a fan!

    • Kathleen

      I became a fan.

    • Trisha Karaiseky

      I became a fan of them. :)

    • trwilkin

      i became a fan…

    • Krystal

      Fan!

    • MimmieS

      What great information! I have a 5 month old, and with her beginning to scoot, eventually crawl, then walk, it is very helpful to have a link to information such as this!

    • Joyce Bland

      Great number to have access too- I became a fan also

    • elizabeth w

      thanks for the continuous information!!

    • Jaimie

      I'm a fan!

    • I became a fan

    • Ana Maria

      I am a fan of them; great info to have; thanks!

    • mchavis

      You are awesome! I think it is great that you are pairing up with Palmetto Poison Center! Keep up the good work!

    • lori3662

      I'm a fan

    • Amy

      I became a fan. i never thought i would need a service like that too, but one day I found my then 3 year old eating toothpaste….and thus….we called them quickly; like you said, no further follow up was needed, but it was good to have the peace of mind!

    • heather2032

      Thanks for always posting such great information! I Love southernsavers!

    • Meg827

      I'm a fan. Thank for posting this!

    • chapinlady

      I became a fan. It is very comforting to know they are there.

    • mamajolley

      im a fan!!!

    • janet5631

      I became a fan and thanked them for all their hard work!!!

    • mamajolley

      im a fan!!

    • ACP

      Great information. Thanks, Jenny! I am glad to now be a fan of them, and I have posted an update to my Facebook status about them!

    • boyzrus3

      We are fans!!! Thank God they are there for us parents.

    • Fkris10

      This was funny to see this morning. My husband drives back and forth to North Carolina for work. He has seen this symbol on cars from South Carolina and we were just talking about it yesterday, and I was going to look it up today. To see what it meant. thanks for all of your helpful tips and please keep up the great work. I did add them to my facebook page. That will be very helpful. Have a blessed day!!!

    • Amanda

      I became a fan on Facebook, but I've always loved Mr Yuk stickers!

    • cookn4six

      I'm a fan! So glad we have poison control centers.

    • sheenadavis

      A fan for sure!!!!

    • nolandi

      Thank you for sharing we always need to be prepared with little ones in the house!

    • Jodi Privette

      I have actually had to call them once. THANK GOD for them! I became a fan!

    • catherine rymer

      woo hoo….i became a fan!

    • mellimel73

      Thank you for the heads up. I'm now a fan too!

    • Barbie Tallent

      I am now a fan! I have had to call once and they were very helpful and calming!!

    • deborah

      i became a fan deborah_bunting@yahoo.com!!! thanks

    • LHinkle

      Thanks so much!! I've had to use the Poison Control before for my kids. they were a lifesaver. I'm a fan!!

    • Selena

      I became a fan too! I loooove SouthernSavers!

    • theshortmom

      I became a fan and I truly am a fan. I have had to use their services a few times with my kids. While I was feeling like a bad parent for not keeping a closer eye on my kids, they never made me feel that way!

    • Eileen

      Became a fan.. thank you for all you do !!

    • joybyrd

      I'm glad to be a fan of a very important organization.

    • Courtney

      thanks for the info, it looks like it will be a big help!

      • Courtney

        ok i reposed because i put the wrong e-mail address, i almost never read the other one. this is posted with my correct one – thanks!

    • joybyrd

      I'm glad to be a fan of a very important organization.

    • lynn

      i also have become a fan

    • Denessa

      I'm a fan! Thanks for the information :)

    • shannon

      I am now a fan and have been a fan. We have had to call them too. They are a great help!

    • lildbcakes

      I'm a fan!

    • kermnelmo

      I'm a fan. Thankfully I've never had to call Poison Control, but it's nice to know they are there if I need them.

    • Sheri Fannin

      I'm a fan! I'm an RN also and have used Palmetto Poison Center. My friends 2 yr old daughter ingested 1/2 a bottle of children's Motrin. Thank goodness they were there to help. Everything turned out fine.

    • GGA

      I hope I never need their information, but always good to have in your “back pocket.” I joined the group! I'm a fan.

    • lorieannbrinkley

      I became a fan on FB!

    • 2MayBoys

      I love Mr Yuk!

    • AppleJacks

      Thanks, I had no idea about this great service! I became a fan on FB.

    • James

      As an EMT, I agree this is important. Became a fan and hope more do too.

    • Amber

      I became a fan!

    • 2MayBoys

      I love Mr Yuk!!!

    • kellyproffitt

      Happy to be a FAN !!!

    • ashleypeake

      Having to call the Poison Center can be very scary!

    • ashleypeake

      Having to cal the Poison Center can be very scary.

    • jetcvnurse

      Did it! Glad to know they have a page.

    • Anne

      I want my kids to know Mr. Yuk!!!

    • Crystal

      now a fan

    • ginacromer

      This is a grreat site… I love it….
      Thanks for getting this started and the important inforamtion out to us all, that can and will save our lives and the lives of our love ones.

    • cgm26

      I love the Mr Yuck symbol! It is very vivid in my mind since my childhood.

    • cootnbear

      I became a friend too ty

    • sabevandagriff

      I'm now a fan.

    • kim43

      I am definately a fan! :) They do awesome work.

    • sus6

      Facebook fan! of Palmetto Poison Center :)

    • jessicaknox06

      I became a fan! I don't live in that area, but I think it is great to raise awareness about this! Several years ago, when my sister was about 2, she found some rat poison and ate it. My parents were not sure how much she had eaten, so they took her to the local emergency room. It turned out that she had not eaten enough to harm her, but it just goes to show that these things happen and we all need to know how to respond. Thank you, Jenny!

    • Abigail

      This is such a great thing! I'm a pharmacy student and we had someone come and speak to us from the Palmetto Poison Control Center and they told us that you would be surprised at the things parents do when they think their kids have been poisoned. Many of the things they do to try and fix the problem cause more trouble then the initial issue. If only they knew they could get great help with just a phone call. BTW-I became a fan! =)

    • ereka

      I became a fan on Facebook

    • Jen

      I don't care about the shirt, but I REALLY appreciate the information! Thank you!

    • love2savejenn

      I BECAME A FAN – I REMEMBER THE MR YUCK STICKER WAS ALWAYS ON OUR PHONES GROWING UP!

    • Jennifer H.

      Became a fan!!

    • HEATHER CURRIE

      JUST FANNED THEM!! seriously, I don't care how old you are, and how PACKED your closets are with t-shirts, there is NOTHING like a free t-shirt, hahahahaha

    • Susan Igel

      I've been a fan of Palmetto Poison Control for years, and now I'm showing it by being their fan on Facebook! They provide a key service. If you've ever had to call them, you know they are wonderful. They're my heroes!

    • Andrea

      I became a fan. Thanks for the post! You never know how much you need the info until time is hyper-critical.

    • Crystal

      I'm a fan!

    • Andrea

      I became a fan. We have had to call from TX a couple of times while visiting in-laws. It seems like you can let your guard down when there are extra people around, but actually those have been the worst times (for us) for kids to get into trouble.

    • Crystal

      I'm a fan!

    • nakitta

      Hi! I became a fan on facebook! Everyone needs to know about poison prevention! Even those that are not parents yet!

    • Thanks, left a message even though I'm a Tennessean!

    • jmjohnson29

      I am a fan! I have to use them. They keep you calm.

    • jollycouponmom

      I became a fan! As a parent of a very intuitive and nosey 16 month old, it gives me a great piece of mind to know they are there if needed!

    • angelahelms

      Became a fan on FB. We too have twins and had to use our local Poison Control number unfortunatly. My BP pills were what I thought was out of reach, and had the child safety cap on them. Some how my twins were able to get that off and each had one in their mouth. I called the number and they were great walked us through everything in a time when as a parent you are scared out of your mind. They help calm and reassure you as well. They were great!! But hope to never have to call them again. :)

    • Sheristone

      I used this wonderful service about 15 years ago and have always tried to make everyone aware that this service exists if the need should arise. I recently told my DSD about it when her 8 month old got in the dog food, which had worm medicine in it. Great service from Great people.

    • amanda

      I would sport this shirt like it's a personal signboard for PPC. I like the fbk page as well.

    • HollieJ

      As a nurse I also never thought I would need their services–but my 2 yr old proved me wrong!! We are blessed to live in SC and have access to this!! Thanks for the FB fan link.

    • J Ledford

      Cool. I am now a fan. Thanks!

    • scqponqueen

      I just became a fan. Hope I win!

    • missysmith

      I have needed poison control before…they are wonderful!

    • melissasinclair

      I am a fan! :)

    • Momlovesdeals

      I became a fan! Thanks!

    • yelik01

      I am A fan too!! thanks

    • zacko343

      joined their fan base

    • Wanda

      Great source for teaching child care courses, which I do.

    • cbwebber

      I'm a fan!

    • Cute t-shirt!!

    • buffyblease

      Poison Control Center is a very helpful place and can get you out of a situation when you need help. As a Early Childhood teacher, they have always given me great information to give to my parents and to the children in my class. Our class knows that if Mr Yuck is on a bottle they know that means that they are not too touch the product. Teachers know that if Mr Yuck is on the bottle then that bottle should be out of the reach of children.

    • Amber

      I became a fan even though I live in MI. I had to call them after my daughter ate some toothpaste. Thankfully, they said she just needed to drink some milk. I am thankful for them and the service they provide. Thank you! And thank you, Jenny for all your hard work!

    • mandiraecall

      Done! I have called poison control more times than I'd like to admit over the past 8 years- sooo grateful for all of their help!! (and yay for SS for bringing awareness to this issue!) Thank you!

    • alieck

      I'm a fan!

    • Donna E

      I'm a fan now.

    • staceyb

      This SC gal is a fan!

    • treed02

      I'm a fan…

    • loridavidson

      I hope that I never have to call a center like this..

      Thanks for the heads up and the wonderful contest!

    • DawnMD

      I am a fan! This phone number has always been posted on my fridge since my 3 year old was an infant!

    • jemalarkey

      I'm a fan and would love to have one of these shirts! I remember having Mr Yuk stickers around the house when I was little. :)

    • sldp

      I'm a fan on Facebook and I'd love a T-shirt!

    • connieb03

      Very cute shirts!

    • Jo

      Now a fan

    • JAN

      i BECAME A FAN OF THE PALMETTO POISON CONTROL!

    • camib

      I wish I would have known about this about a month ago! My 20 month old son got into some of my Tussicaps (cold medicine and hydrocodone). I never thought I would be stupid enough to leave something harmful within his reach but I was looking at the bottle when I heard my son getting up from a nap. I set them on the end table next to the couch and went and got my son. I totally forgot that they were on the table and started drying my hair (I dry my hair in the living room b/c I don't like standing up to do it in the bathroom). I turned around after about two minutes and saw that my son had the bottle of medicine in his hand. The cap was on it so I didn't think anything of it until I saw four pills on the floor. I told my husband what happened (he's in nursing school) and luckily he had just counted the pills the day before so he knew that there were four pills missing. We immediately rushed him to the emergency room (only live 3 minutes away) and because my husband works there we were able to go straight back. They had him drink charcoal mixed with pepsi but he wasn't drinking it fast enough so they had to pour it down a nasogastric tube. They ended up transferring him to Palmetto Health for the night for observation just in case the medicine was still in his system (time release). That was such a scary experience that I never thought would happen to me! I am glad that the Palmetto Poison Center is there to help parents out!

    • the7ofus

      i'm a fan!

    • daydreamer63

      I had to call once with one my children they were great,…….they called me back several times through out the night checking on my daughter. I also call them at work checking on pills our deputies find on people, need to keep those off the rd way that pop pills and drive for the safety of everyone…….

    • SnoMom

      I just became a fan on facebook. Thanks for letting me know they have a fan page. I, like many others, have had to dial their number before and they were most helpful. At the time, I had a toddler who ingested part of a bar of soap. All ended up okay, but what a relief to be able to immediately get someone helpful and knowledgeable on the phone!

    • I became a fan! Great info to have.

    • my3sons

      Became a fan!

    • Johanna

      I became a fan, its nice to know they are there in case we need them!

    • Laura

      I'm a fan!

    • sandiesmith

      Thank you for the great service that you provide……
      have a great day, and god bless

    • ccmomof3

      I'm a fan. We've had to call a time or two. The one that I remember was when my daughter got into some pain pills that we had from when my husband threw his back out. Scared my to death, but it turned out fine. It looked like she licked one and then spit it out.

    • sandiesmith

      Thank you for the special purpose your company supplies
      Have a great day and God bless

    • Bobbie

      I just because a fan and nice to know this info. Sorry, belated Happy Birthday. That site was to full to post there. LOL

    • tonyahamilton

      I became a fan. Thanks for your hard work. I check your site first thing in the morning before coffee and many times during the day.

    • aspen

      I'm a fan! :)

    • tonyahamilton

      Thanks for all of your hard work. I look forward to checking your site first thing in the morning, many times during the day and last thing before bed.

    • Stacy

      I am certainly a fan myself…having 2 boys in the house makes for some interesting adventures!!!

    • LollisMommy

      I am now a fan!

    • aprilorr

      I'm a fan now too!

    • daviiparris

      Thanks for the info.

    • Jessica_B

      I programmed their number into my phone….you never know when you'll need it. Thanks for the info!!!

    • Mandy205

      I am now a fan. Luckily I have only had to call once, and it ended up being fine, but I was so glad they were there! Unfortunately I had to look up the number first bc we didn't have any stickers!! I wonder how to get some?

      • christinader

        just call 1-800-222-1222 and they can get you some. :)

    • Nicky T.

      I'm a fan and i put their number in my phone just in case i need them. great service indeed

    • amberbystrom

      we really need to be aware of this problem and watch our kids

    • tonyalowe

      I am now a fan. Thanks Jenny for keep us up-to-date on everything.

    • Lisa

      Thanks! Never had to use them… and hopefully wont ever have too.. but glad its there!!!

    • seashells

      Thanks Jenny for looking out for all of us!

    • I'm a fan on facebook!
      -Jasmine I.

    • Lana Cook

      I called them when our 2 y/o got into some grass seed my husband was putting down. Excellent help, very patient and knowledgable. Happy to be a fan on FB.

    • jessica1970

      I'm a fan. I remember when I had to call when my two year old ate diaper cream. Ugh. I was a nervous wreck. One call, and all was well. :)

    • At two times that I have had to call the Poison Control in my home state, I think I must be on some sort of frequent flier list. :-( They are always there for me to calm me down and to tell me exactly what to do and to expect. What a blessing these individuals are!

    • Sandra

      I became a fan on facebook!

    • kim

      I remember the commercials from when I was a kid! Mr. Yuk is greennnnnn….Mr. Yuk is mean! muhahahahahahhahahahah! I'm now a fan on fb!

    • Angela P

      I became a fan. Hope I NEVER have to use it!

    • amytribble

      What great information..who knew? It's good to have that kind of information when you are totally freaking out about something…HAHAHA!

    • Tosha P

      I'm a FAN!! Love the idea!

    • ashowers

      I am a huge fan of what they do. My husband also put himself through graduate school working there when we were first married. Many nights on the graveyard shift will give you a greater appreciation for them!!

    • Mom2teenagers

      I'm a big fan ever since they told me what to do when my baby got into a poinsettia.

    • lisabelk

      I hope I helped! Im a fan!

    • twilburn56

      I am now a fan. I am a school nurse and I usually call the Poison Control Center several times a year! Thanks for being there and helping with our kids!

    • Melissa

      I'm a fan!

    • anna

      I've called twice and they have been there for us!

    • anna

      I've called twice and they have been there for us! Wonderful work!

    • anna

      I've called twice and they have been there for us! Keep up the good work!

      • anna

        Ok Sorry I had no clue that it took all of those comments. I kept thinking they were being erased!

    • FB fan of Palmetto Poison Center

      radnascar at hotmail.com

    • Emily Bryant

      count me in! :)

    • tracyt

      Truly appreciate the Poison Control Centers in the USA!! Count me as a fan now, too!

    • Wonderful job that they do.

    • melissacogdill

      Great service! I became a fan.

    • melissacogdill

      I just became a fan. This is a great service!

    • Laurie

      I've needed them before. Glad they were ther to help.

    • ihtractormom

      Jenny, would you mind if I copied your article and put it on my blog. I too am a big believer in the fantastic job these poison control centers do! When my 10 year old was a toodler, he got into a bottle of cough meds and we too panic! We called poison control and was told to flush him with fluids and told what to look for if we needed to go to the ER. He was fine. He had not gotten much in him. But it taught me that you can never be too careful with kids being around. I don't have a big following yet, but if your article will help save one life it's worth it! Thanks!

      Cavonna Holcomb a.k.a. Tractor Mom

    • marilyn

      thanks for going this! i'm a fan

    • Lori

      I think it's great that you've partnered up the the Palmetto Poison Center. I remember Mr. Yuck stickers being on dangerous bottles in my house when I was a child and I use them in my household today.

    • I'm a fan! :)

    • mollydo

      everyone should be a fan of this website,safety first, this is a great thing

    • mollydo

      everyone should have this website, safety first, and a free t-shirt would be great to

    • fairie

      I just became a fan!

    • Every parent on facebook should become fans of this site. It is awesome!

    • BMESS

      i'm a fan!!

    • Megan

      IM A FAN!! WHOOHOOO!!

    • Diane

      I am a fan on Facebook

    • Jane May

      became a fan

    • Rachelle

      i'm a fan!

    • This is awesome! So glad they are on Facebook!!! I have always worried about poisons in the household (as I'm sure most mothers do!) I had to call a poison control center many years ago when our dog (Lady) ate a bunch of shrimp that a neighbor had thrown in their backyard and pored bleach over in order to stop the smell…Lady began having seizures and the staff helped me ensure that our pet lived through the experience. Lady still has seizures on a regular basis, but without poison control, she wouldn't still be a part of our family eight years later. I am so thankful to have a poison control center nearby and that I haven't had to call about my daughter, but at least I know they are there if we need them. It was also conforting to know that they didn't push off my concerns simply because I called about a pet and not a person. Thanks Jenny for this!

    • christinader

      just call 1-800-222-1222 and they can get you some. :)