Key Tips for Poison Prevention

August 19, 2019

Each day in the United States over 300 children between the ages of 0 to 19 are treated in the
emergency room for accidental poisoning; on average two of those cases will be fatal. It’s not
just chemicals in your home marked with clear warning labels that can be dangerous to children.

Everyday items in your home, such as household cleaners and medicines, can be poisonous to
children as well. Medication dosing mistakes and unsupervised ingestions are some of the most
common ways that children are poisoned. Active, curious children will often investigate—and
sometimes try to eat or drink—anything that they can get into.

Thankfully, there are ways you can help poison-proof your home and protect the children you

Key Prevention Tips

  • Lock them up and away.
  • Keep medicines and toxic products, such as cleaning solutions and detergent pods, in their
    original packaging where children can’t see or get them.

Know the number.
Put the nationwide Poison Control Center phone number, 1-800-222-1222 , on or near every
telephone in your home, and program it into your cell phone. Call the Poison Control Center if
you think a child has been poisoned but they are awake and alert; they can be reached 24
hours a day, seven days a week. Call 911 if you have a poison emergency, and your child has
collapsed or is not breathing.

Read the label.
Follow label directions carefully, and read all warnings when giving medicines to children.

Don’t keep it if you don’t need it.
Safely dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs and over the counter
medications, vitamins, and supplements. To dispose of medicines, mix them with coffee
grounds or kitty litter and throw them away. You can also turn them in at a local take-back
program or during National Drug Take-Back events.


Poison Control Number
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

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