In 1961, Congress authorized President John F. Kennedy to designate the third week in March as the annual National Poison
Prevention Week. The Poison Prevention Week Council was organized to coordinate this annual event and encourage local communities
to raise awareness of the dangers of accidental poisoning and to take preventative measures as warranted. This IPCS poster
is part of this tradition of accidental poisoning prevention. In the photograph, two children crouch beside a window, preparing
to open a bottle of weed killer. One child looks back over her shoulder, evoking a sense of helplessness. The message is clearly
and prominently presented above the photograph, "Children At Risk!" At the bottom of the poster, viewers are encouraged
to "Store chemicals safely out of reach of children.
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World Health Organization
Original Repository: History of Medicine Division. Prints and Photographs Collection
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