Poison Control
Prevent Poisoning
Poison Control Center Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
1. Choose safe products
  • Request "safety-lock", child-proof caps on all prescription drugs.
  • Read the label before you buy. Choose the safest product you can find for the job.
  • Check on the safety of plants in your home and yard. The leaves, seeds and stems of some plants, such as foxglove, can be fatal.
2. Store products safely
  • Keep medicines, vitamins, household cleaning products, garden products, alcoholic beverages and garage products out of reach and out of sight. Such items should be kept locked up whenever possible.
  • Never store food and household cleaners together.
  • Always store medicines in their original containers and throw out old medicines.
  • Keep all products in their original containers, with the labels intact. Never use milk, soft drink or other food containers for storage.
  • Return products to safe storage as soon as you finish using them. Always replace covers tightly.
  • Keep your purse out of reach of children and pets. Avoid storing medicines, vitamins, cigarettes and perfume in your purse.
3. Use Products Safely
  • Never call medicine or vitamins "candy."
  • Do not take medicine in front of your child.
  • Teach children never to take medicine unless you give it to them.
  • Always turn on a light and read the directions before taking any medicine.
  • Teach children never to put berries, leaves or branches in their mouth. Some can be very poisonous.
  • Read the directions and labels of products and follow them carefully. Pay attention to ventilation warnings and storage directions.
  • If you are interrupted while using a medicine or household product and must leave the area, take the product or child with you. It only takes a few seconds for your child to get into a hazardous substance.
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