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Be Safe with Mr. Yuk! It’s National Poison Prevention Week


2013 Poster Contest to celebrate National Poison Prevention Week

“Be safe with Mr. Yuk!” is the theme for the 2013 Washington Poison Center (WAPC) Poster Contest. The
winning poster will be part of the 2013 Poison Prevention Week campaign, celebrated across the state in March.

The Poison Center is looking for young artists to create poison safety awareness through eye-catching posters displaying suggestions on how Mr. Yuk helps keep them safe when taking medications, using household
chemicals, or pesticides in the yard. The contest is open to all 6- to 12-year-olds in Washington State.

This year marks the third time the contest is sponsored by the generosity of Umpqua Bank. We greatly appreciate their commitment to safety education for children in Washington State. The top prize earns a $500 check card, a visit from Mr. Yuk, and the winning design will be featured as the poster for Poison Prevention
Week in Washington State. Four runners-up will each receive a $100 check card. All contest participants will receive a small gift from Mr. Yuk in the mail.

WAPC will accept poster entries postmarked between September 13, 2012 and January 4, 2013.

“The best time to begin poison education is with children, and our poster contests help increase awareness of poison safety and the Poison Center toll-free hotline number, 1-800-222-1222,” said Jim Williams, Executive
Director of the WAPC, “after all, the Poison Center is the best place for people to call for help when exposed to poisons or to ask questions regarding medications, household products, bites and stings, or anything substance that can harm them. ‘Be safe with Mr. Yuk!’ expresses how important it is to reach all the residents in the state of Washington.” For more information on the poster contest, including the required contest entry form, visit


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