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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2009

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov

Poison prevention education kit available to NH teachers

The Family Resource Connection at the New Hampshire State Library has recently acquired “Quills Up—Stay Away! A Poison Awareness Program,” an education kit that teachers of young children can use to raise their students’ awareness about poisons commonly found in homes, schools and elsewhere—and what they need to do if they find something poisonous.

“Quills Up—Stay Away!” uses age-appropriate music, simple lessons, coloring activities and Spike the Poison Prevention Porcupine puppet to teach children what to do when they are near poisonous materials. A take-home sheet of tips reinforces the lessons learned and helps to make families aware of poisoning-prevention behaviors.

Annually, more than 6,000 children in NH aged five and younger are exposed to potential poisons such as medications and household products. Most of these situations can be avoided by raising hazard awareness, proper storage of poisonous materials, use of safety packaging and disposal of substances.

Poisonous materials may exist even in the safest environments. If a child or adult is exposed to poison and is not breathing or is having seizures, call 911 or a local emergency ambulance number. For poison exposure in the eye, on the skin, or when poison is inhaled or swallowed, call the National Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 to find out what to do.

Educators wishing to borrow the “Quills Up—Stay Away!” program or other safety resources for children, or who would like to learn more about the Family Resource Connection’s free lending library, should contact the at 1-800-298-4321, FRC@dcr.nh.gov.

The New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhsl.

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