Poison Prevention Education
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For Educators

Poison Prevention Week Poster

Once again the Washington Poison Center is holding a Poison Prevention Poster Contest.  The winning poster will be part of this year’s Poison Prevention Week Campaign, celebrated across the state in March. We are looking for posters to become our statewide poison prevention poster!  Any student in grade 1-5 is eligible to enter.  To make this easier, we have provided a Teacher’s Guide with lesson plans to help children understand and prevent accidental poison exposure.  Additionally, we have links to some fun activities that can help.  See our guideline page for rules and entry forms.

Send in your posters now!

Classroom Activities

These files require Adobe Reader, but a free download is available.



Spike’s Poison Adventure: Intended for pre-school aged audiences 

STOP! Ask First: Intended for older pre-school and early elementary (Pre-K–1st/2nd)


Mr. Yuk

The Mr. Yuk symbol was developed in 1971 by the Pittsburgh Poison Center of Children’s Hospital.  It is copyrighted exclusively for teaching poison prevention through affiliated hospitals and poison centers.

Do Your Own Presentation, Request a Yuk Box

The Yuk Box is filled with educational materials available to instructors / organizations to check-out for use in presentations or at events to teach poison prevention messages to both adults and children.

See our guide on How to Use the Yuk Box.  Or, if you’d like to build your own demonstration kit, follow our guide on Creating a Yuk Box.

Prevention Week

Every year the nation recognizes the 3rd week in March as, “National Poison Prevention Week.”  This year was no different and the Washington Poison Center urges all Washington citizens to use the week as a reminder to be cautious with poisons.