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Preventing Poisoning in the Winter

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Poisonings happen year round, but in the winter along with the cold weather comes the potential for unintentional poisonings such as carbon monoxide, medication exposures and holiday hazards.

The Poison Center encourages everyone to take the necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe.

  • Check to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are in proper working order
  • Throw out any old and outdated medicines in your medicine cabinet
  • Keep all medications up and out of the reach of children
  • Read the label on all prescription and over-the- counter medications to know what the active ingredients are and proper dosing
  • Remember to keep alcohol and tobacco products out of the reach of children and pets
  • Have the number for the Poison center readily available in the event that you need to call

Remember the Poison Center is available 24/7/365 and someone is always available to answer your call. Call us at 1-800-222-1222!


In the case of a poisoning or for information purposes, call the Upstate New York Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Each year our center manages more than 50,000 calls from health care providers, 911 operators, hospitals, industry, schools, and the general public in our 54-county service area.

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About Upstate New York Poison Center

Housed inside Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, the Upstate New York Poison Center is dedicated to reducing the number, cost and severity of poisonings within its designated 54-county service area as mandated by New York State Law. The Center is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to both health professionals and the general public at 1-800-222-1222.

About Upstate Medical University

SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, is the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is also the region's largest employer with 9,460 employees. Affiliated with the State University of New York, Upstate's mission is to improve the health of the community through education, biomedical research and health care.

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