Resources To Prevent Food Poisoning

Thanksgiving is a time for visiting others and indulging in those warm comfort foods, so the Injury Prevention Department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC reminds you to stay safe while visiting family and friends this holiday season.

Here are some quick tips from the American Association of Poison Control Centers:

• Save the Poison Help number in your phone and display it somewhere in your house, like on your refrigerator. Experts are standing by, 24/7/365, to answer your questions and help you in the event of a poison emergency. Dial 1-888-222-1222.
Take steps to prevent food poisoning. 1 in 6 Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year, and while most will recover without any lasting effects from their illness, for some the effects can be devastating and deadly.
• Entertaining guests in your home? Keep anything that might be dangerous for children, pets, adults with limited vision, etc. up, away, and out of sight. Here are some examples: alcohol, medicines, fragrance oils, button batteries, household pesticides, laundry products, and many more. For more information on how to make sure your home is poison-proof, visit In the Home poison safety page.

If you will be entertaining guests and are in need of household safety products like cabinet latches and door locks, visit our Safety Center at Children’s for a home assessment and leave with a limited number of FREE products to keep your house safe this holiday and beyond.

For more information on the Pittsburgh Poison Center, visit www.upmc.com/Services/poison-center.

For more information on safety initiatives at Children’s, visit www.chp.edu/injury-prevention.