Prevent Poisoning

Do This, Not That

•  The 57 poison control centers across the U.S. report more than 2 million poisonings each year. Of these, more than 90 percent occur in the home.

•  More than half of home-related deaths from accidental injuries are due to poisons. Common ones are medicines, drugs, toxic chemicals, carbon monoxide, and lead. One out of every six children ages 6 and younger has toxic levels of lead in their bodies.

Know the poison control center phone number: 1-800-222-1222. Write it on or near every landline phone in your house. Program it into your cell phone(s). If you think someone has been poisoned and is awake and alert, call the poison control center. Someone will answer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will get advice on what to do. If the person is not breathing or has collapsed, call 911.


Be ready to give the Poison Control Center the following information:

•  The name of the substance taken or a description of what the person came in contact with

•  The amount and when it was taken

•  The person’s age, gender, and weight

•  How the person is feeling and reacting

•  Any medical problems the person has

Chemical & Alcohol Poisoning

Lead Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning

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