Poison Prevention

For adults and children alike, common household supplies can be dangerous when ingested, inhaled or in contact with skin or eyes. Additionally, over-the-counter and prescription drugs can have adverse effects if not taken with caution. We offer you the following tips to keep you and your family safe.

Household Medicines:

  • Always follow the directions on the medicine label when you are giving or taking medication. Correct man wearing mask and putting on safety gogglesdosage is important.

  • Medicine should be kept in locked cabinets, out of the sight and reach of children.

  • Check with your doctor before taking multiple over-the-counter or prescription medications.

  • Never share prescribed medication with anyone for whom the medication is not prescribed, as dosage and other drug safety concerns vary from person to person.

  • Periodically clean out your medicine cabinets. Check expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription drugs and discard those that have expired.


Household Chemicals:

  • Always read the label before using a product that may be poisonous or hazardous.

  • Keep chemicals in their original containers, read instructions and warnings before use.

  • Never mix household chemicals as this could release toxic gases.

  • Make sure the room you are cleaning or working in is well-ventilated.

  • Keep chemicals in locked cabinets, away from children and pets.


If Poisoning Occurs:

  • Remain calm.

  • Call 911 or the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

  • Have the following information available:

    • The victim’s age and weight.

    • The container or bottle of the poison.

    • The time of exposure.

    • The address where the poisoning occurred.

  • Stay on the phone and follow the directions given by the operator.

  • With many pills, it may take several hours or longer for symptoms to develop. Do not wait. Call the poison control center immediately.

  • Anyone exposed to a toxic gas should be removed from the source and placed in fresh air.


For more information on poison prevention...

American Association of Poison Control Centers:
Poison Prevention Week Council: