Background: 

National Poison Prevention Week, the third week in March each year, is a nationally designated week highlighting the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Annually, the National Poison Prevention Week Council sponsors a nationwide contest and other activities to engage the community in helping to ensure the safety of children and adults.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt activity and create a poster. Posters will be featured on the National Poison Prevention Week Council social media platforms for all participants to view and share. All participants will be recognized by the council.

Students in grades five through twelve are invited to participate in a video contest. Videos will be featured on the National Poison Prevention Week Video Gallery, social media platforms and will be eligible to win prizes.  All participants will be recognized by the council.


Objectives: 

1. Identify poisons throughout the home.

2. Prevent poisonings through the establishment of safety precautions throughout the home.

3. Raise awareness of the free Poison Help Hotline, 1-800-222-1222.


Congratulations to our 2020 contest winners!  

Click below to watch the top National Poison Prevention Week Videos from the 2020 contest: 

2020 Grand Prize Winner: Ryan from Auburn, Washington


Click HERE to view all of last year's winning videos.

Ready to get started? 

Scroll down and click the submit button to learn more and begin your entry.

If you have questions please call National Poison Prevention Week Council Chair (Dr. Dixon) at 419-534-4700 or email: poisonprevention@glm.com 

Please note: This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

Click the Submit button at the bottom of this page to start your entry for this year's video contest.

Submissions due by 11:59 pm EST February 21, 2021.

 

Who can enter?

The video contest is open to all 5th through 12th graders in the United States. Videos can be created by individuals or groups.

  • Groups must designate a lead producer/director to submit their video on the group's behalf.
  • The lead producer will receive contest communications for the group.
  • All participants must complete a Consent and Media Release Form. For those participants under the age of 18, this form must be completed by a parent or guardian.  

What is the goal of the video contest?

The goal of the contest is to educate the public about the dangers of poisons.

What are the technical requirements? 

Official entry form found below must be completed.

· Student(s) must name their video file with their name (or group name), grade level, and school/organization (ex: Joe_video_GR4_HopeSchool or Joe_video_GR4_GirlScoutTroop90622).

· Videos must be no longer than 2 minutes.

·  Acceptable video formats include: MP4, MOV, AV1, 3GP, WEBM, MKV, MPG, FLV, WMV, M4V.

What are the video content requirements?

· All videos must include and promote the Poison Help Hotline:  1-800-222-1222.

· All videos must include and promote the Poison Help logo which can be found here: http://bit.ly/PoisonHelpLogo.

· Videos cannot contain copyrighted content unless permission is granted by the copyright owner.

· Winners will be selected in each of the two age groups:

  • Grades  5 - 8 
  • Grades 9 - 12

If your group consists of members in more than one age group, please submit in the group that corresponds with the oldest member of your group.

· Possible formats - rap/song, re-enactment/skit, public service announcement/commercial, etc.

· Videos should aim to illustrate that while medicines and household chemicals are packaged to protect people from accessing potentially harmful contents, we cannot depend on packaging alone to keep everyone safe. Some potential topics that you could focus on include:

  • Keep potentially dangerous products in the original packaging.
  • Store medicines and household products where children cannot see or reach them.  Locked cupboards are preferred. 
  • Read the label. Follow the directions on medicines and products.
  • Save the number in your phone.  If you think someone has been poisoned, call your poison center (or call poison control) right away – 1-800-222-1222.  
  • Almost anything can be poisonous if used in the wrong way, in the wrong amount, by the wrong person.
  • It could happen to you. Share a story of a dangerous encounter and how the Poison Help Hotline benefited those involved.  
  • Child resistant does not mean child proof.  

·  Entries should not include commercial/cartoon characters (ex: Disney Princesses or SpongeBob Square Pants), state or regional logos, symbols (Mr. Yuk), or trademark symbols. Company and product names (Clorox, Tylenol, Motrin) are also not allowed.

How will videos be judged? 

Videos will be judged by a panel of experts from the National Poison Prevention Week Council 

·  Videos will receive points for the following: 

  1. Inclusion of the Poison Help Hotline phone number.
  2. Inclusion of the Poison Help logo.
  3. Creativity.       
  4. Focus on preventing poisoning from household chemicals, cleaning products, pesticides, crafting supplies, personal care products, automotive products, and medicines (over-the-counter and prescription).
  5. Online voting.

Need some inspiration? 

Check out the winning videos from last year's contest by clicking HERE.

Or, go on a scavenger hunt to find poisons within your own home. Click HERE to download your guide. 

What is the entry deadline? 

The deadline to enter is 11:59 pm on February 21, 2021.  

What is the voting deadline? 

The voting closes 11:59 pm on February 28, 2021.  

How many videos will win?· 

One video will be selected as the overall Grand Prize Winner.

· One winner will be selected from each age category as a 1st Place Winner. Grade level categories include:

  • Grades 5 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12 

One video that receives the most online votes will receive the People’s Choice Award.

·  All entries will be included in the contest video gallery where the public can view and vote for their favorite videos. One vote per email address per day. The gallery can be accessed here:  http://bit.ly/NPPW2021Gallery 

· ALL entries will receive recognition.

What are the prizes?

· The Grand Prize Winner will receive $1,000 – ($500 to the student producer(s) and $500 to the sponsoring organization or school as indicated on the entry form. If the winning video is produced by a group of students, the group will share the cash prize. 

· Additionally, the Grand Prize winning student(s) will be invited to participate in a virtual award presentation during Poison Prevention Week—March 21-27, 2021.  

· The 1st place winners from each age group will each receive $100.  If the winning video is produced by a group of students, the group will share the cash prize. 

· The  People’s Choice Award winner will receive a $100 prize. If the winning video is produced by a group of students, the group will share the cash prize.  

How will winners be notified?

Winners will be selected by March 3, 2021 and notified shortly thereafter via email.

Do I need my parents’ permission?

The winning videos will be viewable on the National Poison Prevention Week contest website and Facebook page. For students entering the contest who are under the age of 18 years old, parental consent must be granted by completing the Consent and Media Release Form found at: https://bit.ly/NPPW2021Consent. By clicking the “I accept” box on the entry form, parents or legal guardians agree to allow the National Poison Prevention Week Council to use their child’s video publicly to promote National Poison Prevention Week. These images may be used in print publications, online publications, presentations, websites, and social media. Additionally, no royalty, fee or other compensation shall become payable by reason of such use.  
If you have questions please call National Poison Prevention Week Council Chair (Dr. Dixon) at 419-534-4700 or email: poisonprevention@glm.com  


For Students in Grades K-4


Click the Submit button at the bottom of this page to start your entry for this year's poster showcase.

 
Submissions due by 11:59 pm EST February 21, 2021.


Background: 

National Poison Prevention Week, the third week in March each year, is a nationally designated week highlighting the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Annually, the National Poison Prevention Week Council sponsors a nationwide contest and other activities to engage the community in helping to ensure the safety of children and adults.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt activity and poster contest. Posters will be featured on the National Poison Prevention Week Council social media platforms for all participants to view and share. All participants will be recognized by the council.

Poster designs become the property of the Poison Prevention Week Council. Winning posters will be selected by the Council who will add the National Poison Prevention Week date, the artist’s name, the Poison Helpline toll free number 1-800-222-1222 and the Council website address to the poster. The winning posters are published on the annual Poison Prevention Week poster and distributed on social media platforms. Public recognition information will be in accordance with all child protection laws.


Objectives: 

1. Identify poisons throughout the home.

2. Prevent poisonings through the establishment of safety precautions throughout the home.

3. Raise awareness of the free Poison Help Hotline, 1-800-222-1222.


Scavenger Hunt Activity: 

1. Print and safely cut out the Poison Help logos which can be downloaded by clicking here:  http://bit.ly/PoisonLogoCutouts

Poison Help logo 


2. Once the page of logos is cut into individual logos, have your child place tape on the back of each logo.

3. Guide your child throughout the house using the scavenger hunt map which can be downloaded by clicking here:

http://bit.ly/NPPW_Home_Map

 4. While in each room, have your child identify potential poisons. Place the Poison Help logo on the identified poisons found in each room.

5. As your child identifies poisons, read the provided safety precautions out loud and place a check in the grid box next to each poison once you have read the precautions.

6. Once your child has completed the scavenger hunt, he/she can move on to the poster activity directions.


Create An Official National Poison Prevention Week Poster: 

1. Artwork must be original and created by your child. Entries should illustrate an original poison prevention message based on a room in your home.

2. All posters should include the National Poison Prevention Week date (March 21-27, 2021) and the Poison Helpline toll free number 1- 800-222-1222.

3. Entries should not include commercial/cartoon characters (ex: Disney Princesses or SpongeBob Square Pants), state or regional logos, symbols (Mr. Yuk), or trademark symbols. Company and product names (Clorox, Tylenol, Motrin) are also not allowed.

4. Please do not print the artists name on the front of the entry.

5. Entries should be no larger than 11x17 and can be horizontally or vertically oriented.

6. We encourage the use of markers, crayons, paint, pencils, chalk and construction paper.

7. Please be sure to complete the Artwork Submission and Release Form with your online entry. Entries submitted without the form will be disqualified.

8. The deadline for receipt of poster submissions is 11:59 pm on February 21, 2021.

9. Only submit one entry per child.

10. Poster should be photographed or scanned and uploaded to the official contest entry website: https://bit.ly/NPPW_Poster_Entry_21




National Poison Prevention Week 2021