Poison Prevention

  • Keep all cleaning and household products locked up, or out of reach for children.
  • Keep cleaning products in their original container, or make sure they are clearly marked and labeled.
  • Be aware of toxic or poisonous products in your house.
  • Don’t take medication that isn’t prescribed to you. Make sure medication bottles are clearly labeled and out of reach for children. Don’t mix medication and alcohol. Ask a doctor before taking any over the counter drugs that may interfere with your current medications. Know the side effects of every medication you take. Consume the appropriate dosage.
  • When in doubt, seek emergency help. For Poison Control help, call (800) 222-1222.

Gun Safety

  • Store firearms in a locked location.
  • Make sure guns are unloaded, out of reach, and out of sight of children. Store ammunition in a separate location that is locked, out of reach and out of sight of children. Keep keys and combinations hidden.
  • Use child-resistant gun locks on all firearms.
  • Talk to your kids about guns and gun safety. They may see guns on TV or video games, but may not understand the real-life danger.
  • Check (and double check) firearms are not loaded when cleaning.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. Keep the barrel down range from yourself and others.

Tool Injury Prevention

  • If a cutting tool is needed as a work tool, it should be appropriate for the job. Use tools only for the purposes they are intended for.
  • Tools should be kept in good condition with the blade sharpened.
  • Store tools properly and out of the reach of children.
  • When using a knife, do not cut toward yourself. Place the item you plan to cut on a stable surface. While cutting, use a glove or other protective equipment if needed. Keep all sharp edges away from yourself and others.
  • Do not use a sharp tool when impaired or under the influence.
  • If someone gets cut and the wound bleeds uncontrollably, apply pressure to the injury or apply a tourniquet to control the bleeding. Immediately call 9-1-1 for help. If the bleeding can be controlled, make sure to clean the wound well and watch for signs of infection. To protect the wound from sweat and dirt, keep the wound covered and clean throughout the entire healing process.
  • Make sure your Tetanus shot is up to date.
  • If an object is impaled in you or someone else, DO NOT remove it. Stabilize it, control bleeding with a pressure dressing and call 9-1-1.