WHEREAS, The health and safety of this Commonwealth’s citizens, especially our children, is an omnipresent and pressing concern; and
POISON AWARENESS MONTH
WHEREAS, more than 7 million accidental poisonings occur each year, with 75 percent involving children under the age of six; and
WHEREAS, the estimated national expenditure on poison exposures is eight billion dollars annually; and
WHEREAS, it has been estimated that every dollar spent on poison centers, education and prevention will save seven dollars in overall health care costs; and
WHEREAS, many of these accidents could be avoided through education and simple safety precautions.
THEREFORE, In special recognition of the need to protect our children and all citizens from the dangers of accidental poisoning, I, Tom Ridge, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim March 1999 as POISON AWARENESS MONTH in Pennsylvania and encourage all citizens to learn how to make their homes and workplaces safe from the threat of poisons.