For advice after contact with a poison, call 1-800-222-1222
24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Poisoning Prevention

Poisonings can be prevented!

FACT: Anything can be poisonous in excessive amounts
Medications taken in their proper dose can be helpful, but an overdose can cause serious illness or death. Vitamins and minerals are essential to good health, but too many may be toxic. Anything can be dangerous if excess amounts are taken – even water!

FACT: We use poisons every day
Approximately 400 containers of potentially toxic substances enter the average home each year. Household products become potentially harmful when splashed in the eye, in the mouth or on the skin!

FACT: Some people are more at risk than others
Toddlers aren’t aware of all the things that can hurt them. They explore their world by putting things into their mouths. They will even eat things that taste and smell bad!

Top 5 poisons commonly ingested by children:

  • Household cleaners
  • Medications
  • Cosmetics and personal care products
  • Foreign bodies (coins, watch batteries)
  • Plants, berries and mushrooms

FACT: Poisons can be used safely.

  • Read the label. Always follow directions on the package.
  • Poisonings occur when the product is being used. Never leave poisons unattended if children are nearby.
  • Is it medicine? Call it medicine, not candy.
  • Take medicines where children can’t observe. Children learn by imitation.

FACT: Poisons can be stored safely.

  • Put child-resistant latches on cabinets containing non-food products.
  • Store poisons in cabinets away from food or drinks.
  • Keep products in their original container.
  • Remove poisonous house and yard plants. Determine the names of plants. Find out if plants are toxic by calling 1-800-222-1222.
  • Put the number for the poison center on your telephone, refrigerator or in your wallet to be ready in case of emergencies or questions.

Conduct a room-by-room survey for hazards.
Remove or lock up the products listed below.


Cigarettes/Chewing Tobacco
Cleaners: Oven/Drain/Surface/Dish
Furniture Polish
Medicines/Vitamins/Herbal supplements
Alcoholic beverages

Kitchen Hazards


Air Fresheners
Toilet Bowl/Sink/Shower
Hair Remover
Personal care products
First Aid Products
Medicines/Vitamins/herbal supplements
Nail Polish/Remover
Rubbing Alcohol
Shaving Cream/After Shave Lotion

Bathroom Hazards


Windshield Washer Fluid
Bug/Weed/Pest Killer
Lighter Fluid
Paint/Paint Thinner
Pool Supplies

Garage Hazards

Laundry Room

Laundry Detergents
Fabric Softeners

Laundry Room Hazards


Bug/Weed/Pest Killer

Yard/Garden Hazards


Other Poison Topics

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