If you suspect poisoning, call the Poison Center at (800) 222-1222 right away. Don't wait for symptoms to appear.
- Choose safe products.
- Buy products with safety caps.
- Buy only as much product as you need at the time.
- Read the labels. Pay attention to warnings. Follow directions for proper use and storage.
- Always follow directions. Take only the recommended dose.
- Always use only medicine prescribed for yourself.
- Always turn on a light before taking medicine.
- Always close caps tightly.
- Always keep medicines in their original containers.
- Always put medicines away right after use.
- Always store topical medicines separately from oral/inhaled ones.
- Dispose of old or unused medicines by taking them to a collection box or disposal event. Do not flush medicines or put them in the trash where children or pets may access them.
- Keep medicines out of sight and reach of small children.
- Always keep products in their original containers.
- Don't use soft drink or food containers to store other products.
- Always make sure products have clear labels.
- Always store cleaning products away from food.
- Always put cleaners away right after use.
- Always throw away unfinished alcoholic drinks.
- Do not leave small children alone with harmful products within sight or reach.
- Always put safety latches on cabinets within reach of children.
- Take the product or empty bottle with you to the phone.
- Bring the child with you. Do not leave the child with the poison.
- Be ready to provide the following information: age and weight of the person, exact name of the product or substance taken and what it looks like and how much was taken.
Children Act Fast
- Open container or spill near child
- Pills, berries or other unknown substance in the mouth
- Redness, irritation or burns around the mouth or on the skin
- Strange odor on the breath
- Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting
- Dizziness, unsteady walking
- Coughing, choking, gagging
- Call 1-800-222-1222 if you have any questions or concerns