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The Poison Center supports Risk Watch

What is Risk Watch?

Risk Watch is the first comprehensive injury prevention program available for use in schools. Developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with co-funding from the Lowe's Home Safety Council and in collaboration with a panel of respected safety and injury prevention experts, Risk Watch gives children and their families the skills and knowledge they need to create safer homes and communities.

Risk Watch is a school-based curriculum that links teachers with community safety experts and parents. The curriculum is divided into five age-appropriate teaching modules (Pre-K/Kindergarten, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, and Grades 7-8), each of which addresses the following risk area topics:

Motor Vehicle Safety
Fire and Burn Prevention
Choking, Suffocation and Strangulation Prevention
Poisoning Prevention
Falls Prevention
Firearm Injury Prevention
Bike and Pedestrian Safety
Water Safety

These topic areas represent the eight areas kids ages 14 and under are at greatest risk to unintentional injury.

Poison Teaching Modules

Preschool/Kindergarten 

Role: Storyteller
Take medicine only from a grown-up you trust.
Ask a grown up before eating or drinking anything.
Tell a grown up if someone finds poison.
Objective: State two rules for poisoning prevention

Grades 1 and 2

Role: Detective
Objective: State two rules for poisoning prevention

Grades 3 and 4

Role: Reporter
Objective:
State two poison safety rules.
Name two poisons found in the home.
Identify a grown up as the person to tell if someone finds poison.

Grades 5 and 6

Role: Promoter
Take medication only from a grown-up you trust.
Post the Poison Center's number near all phones.
Hunt for poison hazards in your home with a grown-up.
Objective:
Name three poisons found in the home.
Identify the Poison Center as the agency to call in case of poisoning.
State at least one reason for taking medication only from a grown-up you trust.

Grades  7 and 8

Role: Coach
Use medication only with adult supervision.
Post the poison control centers number near all phones.
Hunt for poison hazards in your home with a grown-up.
Objective:
Name four poisons found in the home.
Identify the Poison Center as the agency to call in case of poisoning.
Explain the importance of adult supervision for prescription and non-prescription drugs.

 

MN Poison Control System

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