Talk with Your Family
The best way to prevent poisoning at home is to think about it and take precautions before an emergency occurs. That includes talking with your family.
- Never call medicine “candy.” This can be confusing to children.
- Remind family members that certain everyday products, such as household cleaning solutions, can be poisonous.
- Explain that some poisons, such as carbon monoxide, cannot be seen or smelled but they are still dangerous.
- Make sure everyone knows what to do if a poisoning happens: Immediately call the toll-free Poison Help line (800.222.1222), which connects you to your local poison center.
Source: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration