"THE HEART OF THE MATTER"
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)
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Guest: Heather Paul, Exec. Dir., National Safe Kids Campaign
Topic: Kids and home based toxins
Host/Producer: Steve Girard
NEMA: There are poisons in your home....up next...
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NEMA: Home poisoning tragedies involve our youngsters, our babies...and we can prevent them by following the advice of Heather Paul of the National Safe Kids Campaign...and using our common sense...Heather says theres just one golden rule for keeping them safe...
PAUL: Store all medications, vitamins and household products locked out of sight.
NEMA: Another precaution has to do with a childs perception of medications...
PAUL: Parents too should not fall into the trap of calling medicine and vitamins candy and kind of luring their children in to taking it a little more easily because the Tylenol tastes like bubblegum.
NEMA: And Paul has advice for parents of young kids who often visit their grandparents....
PAUL: Theres a tendency sometimes of older folks to take their pills and put them in paper bags and store them in odd places for convenience sake, but it can be very dangerous if the kids get into the bags.
NEMA: With 1.2 million unintentional poisonings of kids under 12...its apparent we can do more to make our home a safer place. Im Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.