IPC Stops Offering Mr. Yuk Stickers
January 1, 2002
As of January 1, 2002, the Illinois Poison Center will no longer be offering the Mr. Yuk® stickers as part of its poison prevention messages. The following information is provided to help you understand the reasons for the discontinuation of the Mr. Yuk® stickers and to assist you in explaining this information to Illinois residents.
Why Has Mr. Yuk left Illinois?
The IPC's decision to discontinue the distribution of the Mr. Yuk® symbol was based on available research that has demonstrated that the Mr. Yuk® sticker is not a strong method to warn children away from possible poisons. Instead of acting as a deterrent and discouraging children from touching a potentially poisonous item, research has found that children often were attracted to the stickers featuring a bright green, frowning face.
In order for Mr. Yuk® stickers to be an effective deterrent, parents and caregivers need to regularly reinforce poison prevention messages with their children, such as "Mr. Yuk® means don't touch." In addition, the effectiveness of the Mr. Yuk® sticker as a deterrent depends on the personality and developmental level of each child which may make him or her more inclined to touch or eat potentially poisonous items.
Mr. Yuk® stickers should not be used as a primary method for poison prevention. For all of these reasons, the IPC has chosen to cease distribution of Mr. Yuk® stickers.
Key Poison Prevention Tips
More important than using warning stickers, the IPC recommends that all parents and caregivers of young children (those under the age of six) take the following steps to make their homes safer from poisons:
1. Lock up all potentially poisonous household products and medicines and keep them out of children's reach and sight.
2. Always read labels and directions before using household products and medicine.
3. Keep all household products and medicines in their original containers with original labels.
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