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The American Association of Poison Control Centers and Safety 1st Announce New Partnership to Raise Awareness of Poisoning Prevention in the Home

March 23, 2016 | Download PDF

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and Dorel Juvenile, a segment of Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), Safety 1st brand, a leading provider of child safety products, are pleased to announce a new partnership to promote pediatric poisoning prevention in the home.

“Pediatric poisoning prevention in the home continues to be a source of major concern for the experts at poison centers across the country,” said Stephen T. Kaminski, JD, AAPCC CEO and Executive Director. “Safety 1st has demonstrated a serious commitment to help prevent poisoning injuries and fatalities in the home, which is a significant part of AAPCC’s overall mission to actively advance America’s public health system. We are thrilled to be partnering with Safety 1st and are tremendously grateful for their support.”

Every year, America’s 55 poison centers manage millions of toxic and potentially toxic exposures, about half of which involve children younger than six years of age. While poisonings can happen at work, school, outdoors, and anywhere else, 98% of pediatric exposures called in to poison centers occur at a residence, and the vast majority of these events are completely unintentional and preventable. From the garage to the bathroom to the attic, hundreds of potentially toxic substances are stored in homes.

“There are lots of products in our homes that enhance the quality of our lives and are generally safe when stored and used according to their directions. However, it is important to remember that anything can be poisonous when used in the wrong way, in the wrong amount, or by the wrong person. Even some of the more common household items, such as cleaning and laundry products, garden and automotive chemicals, button batteries, medicines, and certain personal care products like contact lens disinfectant and hand sanitizers, can be highly toxic to children,” said Krista Osterthaler, MPH, Chair of the National Poison Prevention Week Council.

“We recommend that parents and caregivers go through their homes room by room, and store anything that may be dangerous to a child up, away, and out of sight, or secured in cabinets with child-resistant locks. Remember, though, there is no such thing as a child-proof container, and there is no substitute for adequate adult supervision.”

The Safety 1st OutSmart Multi-Use Lock is one product within the new OutSmart Collection; a parent’s secret weapon to keep kids out of cabinets, drawers, doors, outlets and more. Each product features a non-functional “decoy” button at the center of the product that redirects your child’s attention. The actual activation buttons are hidden under a smooth surface that requires a two-finger squeeze to open.

In addition to innovative products, Safety 1st is also taking strides with their online services to offer swift customer help in a variety of ways. A new video-conferencing customer service program based out of Dorel Juvenile’s Columbus, Indiana headquarters offers face-to-face customer instruction to aid with car seat installation and other product issues. To date, more than 340 customers have been helped via video conferencing.

“Whether it’s accidentally swallowing someone’s prescription medication or getting a corrosive cleaning substance in the eyes, poison center experts know all too well the dangers that children face in our own homes. Home safety products, such as child-resistant locks, latches, and gates are effective ways to reduce the chance that children may be exposed to poisonous substances, which is why AAPCC continues to build partnerships with organizations such as Safety 1st,” said Kaminski.

Additionally, in celebration of Thursday’s National Poison Prevention Week theme, Home Safe Home, AAPCC and Safety 1st encourage the public to follow a few simple steps to help ensure that your home is poison safe:

1)BE PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY. Put the Poison Help number, 1 (800) 222-1222 in your mobile phone and display it in your home and at work in case of emergency, or if you have questions. Calls are free, confidential, and answered by experts, 24/7/365

2)PRACTICE SAFE STORAGE HABITS. Ideally, the following things should be stored up, away, and out of sight of children, and in their original containers. Alternatively, keep these substances in cabinets secured with child-resistant locks, such as the new Safety 1st OutSmart Collection. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a 100% child-proof lock or container.

  • All medications and pharmaceuticals, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements
  • Tobacco and e-cigarette products, especially liquid nicotine
  • Alcohol and beverages that contain alcohol
  • Laundry and cleaning supplies
  • Pesticides and insect repellants
  • Button batteries, such as those found in remote controls and key fobs
  • Any type of oil or lubricant, including fragrance oils, tiki torch oils, engine oil, etc.
  • Personal care products, especially contact lens disinfectants and hand sanitizers
  • Other chemicals

3)READ AND FOLLOW LABELS AND DIRECTIONS. Make a habit of reviewing the label on any potentially hazardous substance or product prior to use, and especially before administering medications. Take care to follow not only usage directions, but the directions provided for safe storage and disposal as well. Call your poison center at 1 (800) 222-1222 if you have any questions about the directions.

4)DETECT INVISIBLE THREATS. Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

For more information on Safety 1st, visit: https://www.safety1st.com/. For additional poison prevention tips and resources, visit AAPCC’s National Poison Prevention Week webpage at: http://www.aapcc.org/prevention/nppw/. Individuals and organizations who would like to follow social media content pertaining to NPPW should use and search for the hashtags #NPPW16 and #preventpoison.

For more information, the media may contact Angela Gonzales, AAPCC Associate Manager, Communications and Outreach, at 703-894-1865 or gonzales@aapcc.org.

About Dorel Juvenile: All over the world, we Care for Precious Life. It is the daily mission of our 7,500 employees across the globe. We Care, so parents can have an enjoyable time with their children. Dorel Juvenile's portfolio features a diversity of brands at various price points and innovative design, supported by excellent distribution channels. Our well-known and strong global brands, Maxi-Cosi’s, Safety 1st, Quinny, and Tiny Love, complemented by regional brands such as Cosco, Angel, Bébé Confort and Infanti, are available in over 100 countries.  Dorel Juvenile is a segment of Dorel Industries, Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A). Dorel creates style and excitement in equal measure to safety, quality and value. Dorel has annual sales of US$2.7 billion and employs approximately 10,450 people in facilities located in twenty-five countries worldwide.

AAPCC supports the nation’s 55 poison center members in their efforts to treat and prevent drug, consumer product, animal, environmental and food poisoning. Members staff the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 that provides free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year from toxicology specialists, including nurses, pharmacists, physicians and poison information providers. In addition, AAPCC maintains the only poison information and surveillance database in the United States, providing real-time monitoring of unusual poisoning patterns, chemical exposures and other emerging public health hazards. AAPCC partners with federal agencies such as HRSA, CDC, FDA and EPA, as well as private industry.

To learn more, visit www.aapcc.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@AAPCC).

For More Information

  • Edward V. Walrod

    • Associate Manager for Media and Public Relations
    • Email: media at aapcc dot org
    • 703-894-1863

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