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Tips for preventing poison

Making your home safe is critical to avoiding poisoning because more than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home. Here you will find basic tips for preventing poisonings. Seasonal tips and ways to prevent poisonings among children, teens, adults, and older adults are also available on this website.

Never mix household or chemical products together. Doing so can create a dangerous gas.

Never share prescription medicines. If you are taking more than one drug at a time, check with your health care provider, pharmacist, or call the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222).

Keep all chemicals, household cleaners, medicines, and potentially poisonous substances in locked cabinets or out of the reach of children.

If someone may have been poisoned, call the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, to speak with a poison expert right away. This expert can give you advice on first aid and may save you from a visit to the emergency room.

First steps

  • If someone may have been poisoned, call the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222).
  • If the person is not breathing, call 911.
  • If the person inhaled poison, get him or her fresh air right away.
  • If the person has poison on the skin, take off any clothing the poison touched. Rinse skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • If the person has poison in the eyes, rinse eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for a list of different poisons and how to use and store them safely.Information from Health Resources and Services Administration https://www.poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/

Bought to you by the Pharmacy Department at Children’s Minnesota for Poison Prevention Week 2017