Poison Prevention Tips

First Aid for Poisoning

Has the person collapsed or stopped breathing?

  • Call 911 or your local emergency number right away.

Poison in the eyes?

  • Rinse eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Poison on the skin?

  • Take off any clothing that the poison touched.
  • Rinse skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Inhaled poison?

  • Get to fresh air right away.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Swallowed the wrong medicine or too much medicine?

  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Swallowed something that’s not food or medicine?

  • Drink a small amount of milk or water.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Store Poisons Safely

  • Store medicines and household products locked up, where children cannot see or reach them
  • Store poisons in their original containers.
  • Use child-resistant packaging. But remember — nothing is child-proof!

Use Poisons Safely

  • Read the label. Follow the directions on medicines and products.
  • Are children around? Take the product or medicine with you to answer the door or the phone.
  • Lock products and medicines up after using them.
  • Is it medicine? Call it medicine, not candy.
  • Children learn by imitation. Take your medicines where children can’t watch.

Teach Children to Stop and Ask First

  • Poisons can look like food or drink. Teach children to ask an adult before eating or drinking anything.

Be safe, be sure! Program your cell with the number today! 1-800-222-1222.