Some schools are calling kids to classrooms in August, dashing hopes for more beach time and a last-minute vacation. California Poison Control System (CPCS) has some important information to keep children and adolescents safe.
Poison Exposure and Chronic Illnesses
Common chronic illnesses, such as asthma and food allergies, can worsen with exposure to potentially toxic substances. While most poison exposures in children cause temporary or mild symptoms, it is important to know how to find help if serious exposures happen. Teachers, school nurses or any school medical staff should be informed of a student’s chronic illness. If an exposure occurs or if there are any poison related questions, call the free California Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Tips for Educators
— Students and staff should wash their hands with soap and water based on school procedures and at recommended key times such as after bathroom breaks, before lunch, or after playing outside.
— Before using cleaning products in the classroom, carefully read labels and follow the directions.
— Store all cleaners out of sight and out of children’s reach in their original containers.
— Never mix different cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting chemicals.
— Monitor children when using hand sanitizers—only use a dime-sized amount on the skin.
— Pest control within schools should be conducted according to local regulations.
— For COVID-19 prevention in the classroom, contact the school district or local health department.