Briefts for March 28

Keep kids safe from poison

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, each year more than a million unintentional poisonings among children 5 and younger are reported to U.S Poison Control Centers.

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In 2006, Denver Health's Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center handled 211,969 calls regarding poisoning incidents. There were more than 45,000 human poisoning exposures in Colorado in 2006, of which more than half involved children younger than 5.

Child Health Plan Plus reminds parents to take precautions to keep Colorado kids safe from poison exposure.

"Parents want to do everything they can to keep their kids safe and healthy.

Because most exposures to poison happen in the home, we encourage parents to make sure their homes are poison proof," Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien said. "It is also important to make sure your children have health insurance should an emergency happen. CHP+ is a low-cost solution for parents to provide their children with the health care they need and deserve."

According to RMPDC, parents can keep their homes safe from poisons by following some basic steps:

1. Keep all liquids and solids that may be poisonous out of site, locked up and away from children.

2. Always return product or medicine to safe storage immediately (locked up and away from children). If interrupted while using the product or medicine, take the child or the product or medicine with you.

3. Always re-secure the child-resistant closure. Be aware that child-resistant caps are not childproof.

4. Read and follow label directions before giving medication or using any household product.

5. Keep all products and medicines in the original containers. Never transfer products to a bottle without a child-resistant closure.

6. Never call medicine "candy."

7. Never take medicine in front of children; they love to imitate adults.

8. Store household products away from food and medications. Look-alike products such as household cleaners may resemble a beverage and could be mistakenly consumed with sickening consequences.

If a poison exposure occurs, call the Rocky Mountain Poison Center anytime, night or day, at 1-800-222-1222. Poison specialists are always available to provide expert assistance. Services are free and confidential. For poison prevention information, visit www.rmpdc.org and click on Poison Prevention Tips.

Visit the CHP+ Web site at www.CHPplus.org for more information, in English and Spanish, about eligibility or to get an application, or call toll free at 1-800-359-1991.

Mystery Dinner Theater scheduled for Saturday

The third annual Mystery Dinner Theater is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Recreational After-School Doorway, the Boys & Girls Club and the Craig Daily Press are presenting the event. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit RAD.

This year's theme is "Murder at Buffalo Chip." Characters include gunslingers, church ladies, mountain men, Indians, gamblers and outlaws.

Tickets cost $40 and include a prime rib dinner. Tables of 10 are $350. Tickets are available at the Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave.

Boy Scouts' Pinewood Derby on April 7

Craig Cub Scout Pack No. 166 has its Pinewood Derby at 10 a.m. April 7 at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

There is an open division in addition to the Cub Scout divisions that anyone is welcome to participate in. You must use an official BSA Pinewood Derby kit to make your car and it cannot weigh more than 5 ounces.

Weigh-ins are at the mall from 6 to 10 p.m. April 6. There is a secondary weigh-in at 8 a.m. April 7, if needed.

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