MARCH IS POISON AWARENESS MONTH
Accidental poisoning can happen at any age; not just to small children
- Ages 1 to 6: Most accidental poisonings happen to this group while exploring. This is the age group with the highest fatality rate because of ingestion and the inability of developing organs to cope with a massive toxic exposure.
- Ages 5 to 10: Poisonings in this age group occur when children try to clean with household products. Often these accidental poisonings are never reported to Poison Control Centers for the social reasons and because exposure is generally not as severe as with the first group. Additionally, delayed health reactions are usually not associated with the initial triggering event.
- Ages 8 to 18: "Huffing" or sniffing household products to get high: One out of five children try huffing by the time they reach eighth grade. This group is completely unaware that household products are poisonous.
- Adults: Misuse is the most common cause of accidental poisoning in this group. Adults are guilty of failure to read instructions carefully or to take heed of the warning label.
- Elderly: Mistaken identity is the accidental poisoning plague of the elderly. Often they attempt to read labels without their glasses or in the dark, or automatically reach for a medication that has been moved from its usual place only to pick up something else by mistake. This group is also the most likely not to store products in their original containers.
The Pineville town-wide speed limit is 35 mph, unless otherwise noted. The speed limit is 20 mph on Main Street. The Pineville Police Department will be strictly enforcing these limits. Be sure to observe the posted limits if you do not wish to receive a ticket.