Did you know that poisoning is the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States? This is such an important issue that is often overlooked by families everyday. FIRM has partnered with California Poison Control, UC San Francisco and others to provide outreach and education to the Southeast Asian community so that we can prevent poisonings from happening due to a lack of education. Many residents in the Southeast Asian community simply do not receive this type of education due to language barriers and information that is not provided in their languages. Through this partnership, thousands from the Hmong and Laotian communities will know about the Poison Control hotline (1-800-222-1222) and how to prevent poisonings in their households and daily lives!
For National Poison Prevention Week, FIRM will be:
- Running commercials on ethnic media in Hmong and Laotian about the California Poison Control Hotline
- Hosting a Poison Control fair at FIRM on Friday, March 25 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
- Having a coloring contest and informational sessions for parents in our children and youth programs
- Hosting a television program about poison control on Hmong USA TV
- And much more!
We hope that you will celebrate with us and make sure to program the Poison Control Hotline into your phones today!