That’s why the theme for this year’s Safe Kid’s Week is “Out of Sight and Locked up Tight.”
Did you know that medication is the leading cause of poisoning in children? Small amounts of adult medication can be fatal to a child. You can dispose of your medications safely by returning them free-of-charge to any pharmacy.
Other causes of poisonings are household cleaners and personal care products that were not safely stored or were taken out of their original containers.
To highlight this issue, on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 from 1-3 pm Vancouver Island Health Authority Public Health, in partnership with the Capital Regional District are sponsoring a public awareness event for Safe Kids Week at the Hartland Learning Centre, located at Hartland landfill and recycling facility.
“By removing expired and unneeded medications and hazardous product you will be making your home safer for everyone. However, dumping the product into the toilet or the garbage is not good for the environment we share and the ensuing contamination may eventually be bad for everyone’s health,” says Dr. Richard Stanwick, VIHA’s Chief Medical Health Officer “We hope to make it easier for people to do the right thing, highlighting where and how to get these hazardous products out of your home and literally by practicing what we preach at the landfill.”
Learn how to safely transport and dispose Household Hazardous Waste, (HHW) materials.
Residential quantities of HHW can be dropped off at the Hartland facility year round, free of charge. For a complete list of acceptable items http://www.crd.bc.ca/waste/hhw/products.htm .
In addition to learning about hazardous household waste, VIHA staff will be conducting a “medication round-up” during this May 29th public awareness event. This program will allow the public to return, at no charge and DURING THIS EVENT ONLY, unused or expired medications to the VIHA public health staff on hand at the Hartland Site (in partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart 4440 West Saanich Road, Royal Oak Shopping Centre).
Safe Kids Canada's mission is to lead and inspire a culture of safety across the county in order to reduce unintentional injuries, the leading cause of death among children and youth in Canada.
Capital Regional District