About 80% of poisonings occur in children
ages 1 to 4 years. Develop poison prevention habits
early, before your child is crawling. Babies grow so fast that sometimes they
are crawling and walking before you have time to protect them.
Never leave a poisonous product unattended
around children, even for a moment. Many poisonings occur when an adult who is
using a poisonous product becomes distracted by the doorbell, a telephone, or
some other interruption.
Be aware of common substances that are
poisonous, such as houseplants and cosmetics.
latches on your cupboards.
Keep products in their original
containers. Never store poisonous products in food
Never leave alcohol within sight or reach of a child.
Read product labels for caution statements, how to use the product
correctly, and first aid instructions.
Keep the number of your
local poison control center near your phone.
Talk with your doctor
activated charcoal in your first aid supplies at home.
Activated charcoal reduces the toxic effect of some poisons.
Do not keep poisons such as drain cleaner, oven
cleaner, or plant food under your kitchen sink. Keep them out of the sight and
reach of children. Dishwasher detergent is especially
Have your home tested for levels of lead if any older
leaded paints may still be present. For more information, see the topic
Some house or garden
plants and the chemicals used to care for them (such as fertilizers) can be
poisonous if ingested. Be sure to teach your children not to play with
Keep alcohol out of the sight and reach of
Educate your children about the effects of alcohol and
medicines. Encourage your teenager to avoid alcohol and
Provide nonalcoholic beverages at parties and meals. Don't
give your children the impression that adults need to drink alcohol in order to
have a good time.
Put all medicines and vitamins out of the sight
and reach of children. Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, is a common
source of childhood poisoning.
Never call medicines
Keep medicines in their original labeled
Buy nonprescription medicines in child-resistant
Try to take medicines out of the sight of