Prevent Poisonings

Did you know approximately 60,000 young children visit the emergency room each year due to accidental ingestion of medicines? That is one child every 8 minutes! So how can you help prevent poisonings in your home? Here are a few tips:

For more strategies to protect children from unintentional poisonings, visit the Up and Away and Out of Sight website.

Additional Tips for Babies & Young Children

If you suspect a poisoning has happened:

Call Poison Control immediately. The call is free and confidential. Your call will be routed to the nearest US Poison Center based on your area code and exchange. Do not guess what you should do; make the call. You can also call just to ask a question.

Get help. Call 911 if the individual is unconscious or has trouble breathing.

Stay calm. Most poisonings can be resolved quickly.