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National Poison Prevention Week
March 18 - 24, 2012

For the past five years, School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman has endorsed the National Poison Prevention Week, as part of her on-going safety initiatives. This year, the event will be held from March 18 - 24, 2012, and highlights the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.
The Florida Poison Information Center-Miami is promoting the event by highlighting the following three basic steps to avoid accidental poisonings:

  1. Program Your Phone for Poison Help:  program your cell phones to include the free national Poison Help line (1-800-222 1222).  This phone number provides all callers with immediate access to a doctor, nurse or pharmacist with expertise in treating poisonings. This service is confidential and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  2. Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets: clean out your medicine cabinets of old and unnecessary medications.  Keep all necessary medications in a secure area, away from children, ideally in a locked storage box.  This step should also include medicine cabinets in a grandparent’s home.  According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, one in five child poisonings occur while the child is in the care of a grandparent. 
  3. Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector:  buy and correctly install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.  New homes are required to have these life-saving devices, but older homes or rental properties may not have them.  Common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning include vehicles left running in an attached garage and running a gasoline powered generator too close to a home or window.  Carbon monoxide is called the “silent killer,” as it cannot be seen or smelled
Poison Help 1-800-222-1222
2012 Senior High School Poster Contest
"The dangers of teen driving while impaired"
2012 M-DCPS Senior High School Safety Poster Contest Winners
The contest winners are:
First Place: Jessica Vachon, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School
Prize: Laptop computer
Dangers of Teen Driving While Impaired
First Place poster is displayed on a billboard off of 836 near Jackson Memorial Hospital. Click on photo to enlarge.
Second Place: Monfort Christophe, North Miami Beach Senior High School
Prize: Tablet PC 
Third Place: Jessica Pena, Southwest Miami Senior High School
Prize: MP3 Player

Honorable Mentions:

Fourth Place: Svetlana Uryanskaya, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay

Fifth Place: Victoria Silveyra, Miami Killian Senior High School

Congratulations to all the students that participated! 




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