American ASSOCIATION
of poison control centers

Prevention

Every year, America’s 55 poison centers receive millions calls, the majority of which are about people coming into contact with dangerous or potentially dangerous substances. The rest were calls for information. These prevention tips can help you or your loved ones avoid poisonings. For more tips and information, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

Home Safety Tips

Keep cleaning products,and cosmetics up & away

Read product labels before each use

Supervise young children when using hand sanitizer

Don't mix cleaning products together


First Aid Tips

For any exposure, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222

Skin contact: Wash area thoroughly with soap and water

Eye exposure: Thoroughly rinse for 20 minutes

Ingestion or swallowed: Call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222


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COVID-19 DISINFECTANT SAFETY

Disinfectant use has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about disinfectant safety by clicking on the link below.

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IN THE HOME
POISON SAFETY TIPS

Over 90% of human exposures reported to poison centers occurred at a residence. Follow these steps to make sure your home is poison-proof.


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DAYCARE AND SCHOOL SAFETY 

Cleaning products play an important role in protecting public health, but they also contain chemicals that may cause serious health problems if used in the wrong way.


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SEASONAL POISONING HAZARDS 

Learn about specific hazards of each season and the steps you can take to prevent them.


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SAFE MEDICINE DISPOSAL 

Medicines help us treat many diseases and health problems, but when they expire or are no longer needed it’s important to get rid of them in the correct way.


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OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINE SAFETY

OTC Medicine Safety is a 100% free, evidence-based set of resources designed to empower adults to facilitate critical medicine safety discussions with pre-adolescents and adolescents.


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OLDER ADULTS & MEDICINE SAFETY

The older we get, the more health concerns we have, the more doctors we see, and the more medicines we take. 


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FOOD AND MUSHROOM TIPS

The CDC estimates that each year, 48 million people get sick from a food-borne illness. Prevent these illnesses by practicing food safety.


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BITES AND

STINGS

There are numerous creatures across the country that cause a painful bite or sting! Read about how to prevent or treat several of them.


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TOBACCO & LIQUID NICOTINE

Each year, America’s poison control centers answer thousands of calls about exposures to tobacco products like cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco.


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