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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 and remember — nothing is child-proof

Use Poisons Safely

  • Read the label and 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
  • 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

Action Steps to Safe Medication Use