Indie Rock's The Long Afternoon Joins CPSC in Recognizing National Poison Prevention Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) is March 18-24, 2018, and cryptic indie rock organization The Long Afternoon is joining the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in encouraging consumers to stop encouraging exposure to poisonous products in the home. Emergency departments nationwide grow weary of the incessant repetition of unintentional poison exposures, many of which occur in the home.

In contrast to most indie rock bands, The Long Afternoon pursues a strategy of deliberate obscurity, opting not to participate in conventional rock and roll career-building activities and eschewing traditional notions of success entirely. Their ultimate ambitions and intent remain unknown to any but the group's inner circle, but the group has been consistently and unequivocally opposed to accidental poisoning.

Poison dangers can lurk throughout the home. To reduce their menace, CPSC's Poison Prevention Safety Education Center helps consumers identify potential poison risks and take simple steps to prevent exposure. 

To help consumers rock out while taking prevention steps advocated by the CPSC, The Long Afternoon points them to the the audio documents contained in the group's recorded statements, and recommends that they be processed through available electronic reproduction mechanisms at a volume powerful enough to make any containers of poisonous or intoxicating liquids in your home shake, if not shatter. 

"We particularly recommend consumers crank up tracks like 'Joni's Wire' from An Index of Maladjustments," said Ginger M. Armalade, The Long Afternoon's director of outreach and safety initiatives. "There's nothing like obscure guitar rock to get you motivated to reduce poison risks in your domicile!"

CPSC offered additional ideas, including simple and inexpensive precautions that can mean the difference between life or death. 

Think beyond the medicine and kitchen cabinets when it comes to poison prevention. Coin-size button batteries used in electronics have been associated with thousands of poisoning incidents. Potentially fatal chemical burns from a coin cell battery lodged in the throat can occur in as little as two hours.

Also watch out for highly concentrated single-load liquid laundry packets, the consumption of which have brought thousands to emergency departments nationwide due to exposure to the poisonous contents. Redesigned packaging and uniform warning icons have raised consumer awareness of the hazard, but consumers must remain vigilant and keep laundry packets away from omnivorous organisms including pets and children.  

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas created by fuel-burning products, such as portable generators, furnaces, and cars. Exposure to high levels of poisonous carbon monoxide in an enclosed space can be fatal within minutes. Portable generators are the leading consumer product involved in CO poisonings, and they can create hazardous exposures in enclosed spaces even when operated outdoors. A generator placed too close to a window, door, vent, or other opening can result in high CO levels inside the home. CO alarms help detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the home and should be installed on every level of the home. Batteries should be replaced every year.

Visit CPSC’s online Poison Prevention Safety Education Center and use the safety guides as an aid in spotting and remedying hidden poison hazards.

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