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My Child Ate…Christmas!

Posted: December 20th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

As part of my reconnaissance for writing this post, I polled my Facebook friends and asked, “What do you think is the most toxic thing about the Holidays”?  One of my favorite replies was, “relatives”.  Well, unfortunately that is more “Dear Prudence’s” purview than my own, but below you will find some information on what is the most common or dangerous substances the IPC hears about around the holidays. Read more »


It’s Illinois Poison Prevention Month!

Posted: March 1st, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Poisoning still remains a very serious public health problem in the United States. People encounter poisonous and toxic substances in their homes, communities, and work environments every day. Did you know unintentional poisoning deaths are the #1 cause of injury-related deaths for children ages 18-36 months and the 2nd leading cause of injury-related deaths for U. S. adults?  Last year the IPC handled over 92,000 calls.  Approximately 52% of those calls were regarding children age 5 and under.  As part of our mission to reduce the incidence and injury of poisoning in our communities, the IPC uses the signature month of March to further spread the message of poison prevention to families and communities across Illinois. Read more »


Making Room For The Grandchildren

Posted: September 28th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A Grandparent’s Guide to Poison Prevention

By Tony “Grandman” Burda and Grazina Janeliauskaite

Two recent developments have spurred us to address the importance of diligent poison prevention by grandparents of small children. On September 9 2010, the PEW Research Center released a report entitled “Since the Start of the Great Recession, More Children Raised by Grandparents.”  This report revealed a surprising statistic that one out of ten children in the United States lives with a grandparent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau data, 41% of those children who live with a grandparent are also being raised primarily by that grandparent. Most notably, there was a sharp jump of 6% between the years 2007-2008 which corresponded to the first year of the Great Recession. Therefore, we feel the need to reach this burgeoning caregiver population with the message of being proactive about poison prevention and safety, is timely, relevant and compelling. Read more »