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Child Poison Awareness Month raises awareness on child safety

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It's Child Poison Awareness Month and we have a few tips to keep you and your family safe throughout the year.

We spoke to Safe Kids Columbus who told us medication safety is the number one cause of poisonings in children of all ages.     

Medicine can be poisonous if too much is taken, the wrong product is given, if parents are following the labels or if more than one medicine is taken and its mixed together with a bad combination of another medicine,

"Some tips for parents are: make sure that medicines are kept up and away, out of the reach of children, make sure you're reading the labels on the product and also keep poison control on speed dial," said Alicia Bonner, safety education coordinator for Safe Kids Columbus. "And you can call poison control with questions if you suspect a poisoning may have happened."

Safe Kids Columbus tells us more than 60,000 children visit the emergency room each year for medicine poisoning.

If you have a poison emergency you can call the poison control number at 1-800-222-1222.

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