Call the Poison Center
Direct Phone Line: 1-800-222-1222
If the person has collapsed or stopped breathing, call 911 right away.
Children are always changing and growing. They are naturally curious. They are often “getting into things.” They learn by doing what they see others do. When they see someone using cleaner, smoking cigarettes, taking medicine, or drinking alcohol, they copy what they see. Children grow fast - products considered safe from the reach of a 10-month-old child may become easy to reach just a few months later. Make sure that other places your child visits are also safe from poisons. Ask relatives, friends, and baby sitters to Be Poison Smart!® and poison-proof their homes too.
Look for “pretty poisons,” or look-alike products. Things that look like something good to eat or drink to a child can be harmful if tasted, swallowed, or gotten on the skin or in the eyes. Every time you take something home, ask yourself:
If the answer is “yes” to any of the above questions, store the product out of sight and out of the reach of children!
Use the lower shelves to store harmless items. Leave space for poisons in high cabinets.
Always use products with child-resistant caps. But remember – the caps are not childproof.
Keep products in their original, labeled containers. Read the entire label before every use.
Read more about this in Helping Hand V-157: Medication Safety.
Know the names of all your plants, both indoors and out. To find out the plant names, take a branch or leaf to your local plant store. Keep poisonous plants out of children’s reach.
Look for “pretty poisons” (look-alikes) in every room in your home. Check all cabinets, cupboards, drawers and shelves. Remove and store all poisonous products in cabinets up high or in locked cupboards. Use this guide as a checklist to poison-proof your home:
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