Teaching Children about Poisons

[su_youtube url=”https://youtu.be/QQsQ85uGIVg”] [su_expand more_text=”Show More”] When teaching children about poisons, the program should be designed to present key messages about poisoning using age appropriate educational interactive methods.  Children lesson plans and testing tools can be found in the resource center. The goal is to provide children with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Identify poisons
  • Prevent poisonings
  • Respond appropriately in poisoning emergencies

Programs for children can be conducted at:

  • Schools
  • Scout meetings
  • Childcare centers
  • Religious institutions
  • Libraries
  • After school programs

 After each program, children should be able to:

  • Define a poison
  • Describe a poison (as something that should not be touched or tasted).
  • Identify common poisons found in and around the home.
  • Identify “caution” words on household product container labels.
  • Explain the proper storage of poisons.
  • Describe when to take medicine.
  • Identify someone who gives you medicine.
  • Explain ways medicine and vitamins can be poisonous.
  • Explain why plants, flowers, berries and mushrooms should not be eaten.
  • Describe the appropriate response in a poison emergency.
  • Identify the number to call in a poison emergency.