News Release
 March 8, 2007
CONTACT: Tracy Pawelski

National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24

Williamsville, NY - Did you know that approximately 85,000 children are hospitalized each year due to unintentional poisonings? More than 90% of these poisonings occur in the home and most result from the ingestion of common household products. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24, TOPS Markets and Martin's Super Food Stores want to emphasize the responsibility of parents, grandparents and other caregivers in preventing poisonings at home.

National Poison Prevention Week, the third week in March each year, is designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Free Children's Poison Prevention Activity Books will be available at all TOPS/Martin's pharmacies and include information to help educate children about the dangers of poisons. Parents need to be watchful when household chemicals or drugs are being used because many poisoning incidents occur when adults are using a product, but are distracted for a few minutes. In addition, TOPS/Martin's will be distributing stickers to go on or near telephones with the Poison Control Hotline phone number 1-800-222-1222.

"We encourage all parents and caregivers to please use child-resistant packaging and keep all household products and medicines locked up, out of sight and out of reach of young children," said Leigh Shirley, vice president for pharmacy. "Items should be kept in their original containers with the original labels left on. It's also recommended not to take medicine in front of young children."

TOPS/Martin's is partnering with Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to hold general information sessions throughout National Poison Prevention Week at ten of its store pharmacies for customers to ask questions about poison prevention.

The schedule is as follows:

March 18:

7200 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls, 9 a.m. - Noon

890 Young Street, Tonawanda, 1 - 4 p.m.

March 19:

3865 Union Road, Cheektowaga, 9 a.m. - Noon

355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, 1 - 4 p.m.

March 21:

2351 Maple Road, Amherst, 9 a.m. - Noon

3201 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, 1 - 4 p.m.

March 23:

S. 6150 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, 9 a.m. - Noon 6914 Erie Road, Derby, 1 - 4 p.m.

March 24:

2101 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, 9 a.m. - Noon 1275 Jefferson Road, Buffalo, 1 - 4 p.m.

For more information on National Poison Prevention Week, visit the national website

TOPS Markets, LLC, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S., currently operates stores in New York and Pennsylvania under the names of TOPS Markets and Martin's Super Food Stores. Headquartered in Williamsville, NY, TOPS is a division of Giant Food Stores in Carlisle, PA. As a company, TOPS is proud to work with hundreds of local organizations in the communities it serves and has a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. For more information about TOPS Markets, visit


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