When it comes to protecting your family from the dangers of poison, prevention is your best defense. These tips can help you keep your loved ones safe.
Medicines can be dangerous if not handled properly:
- Keep medicine out of the reach of children—preferably in a locked cabinet.
- Follow instructions carefully.
- Don’t take a prescription medicine that was not intended for you—and don’t give your child medicine intended for his or her sibling.
- Never try to trick children into taking medicine by saying it’s just like candy.
- Throw away expired prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines. Flush them down the toilet or dispose of them in a way that no one can get to them—not even pets.
- Remember that vitamins can be as dangerous as medicines if not used safely.
Watch for poison dangers throughout the house:
- Put potentially dangerous products in locked or child-proof cabinets—
- Cleaning items
- Car products such as brake fluid or antifreeze
- Pesticides, fertilizers, or weed killers
- Hobby supplies such as glue or paint
- Keep cleaners, medicines, and other dangerous products in their original containers.
- Be aware that many house and outdoor plants can be poisonous if eaten.
- Don’t be caught off-guard—even products such as batteries, perfume, and cosmetics can be poisonous.
Before a poison emergency:
- Keep the phone number of your local Poison Control Center handy. Don’t know the number? You’ll find it on the inside cover of your local phone book.
- Keep ipecac syrup in the house. Use it under the direction of the Poison Control Center or
What to do in a poison emergency:
- Call your local Poison Control Center.
- Stay calm. Give as much information as possible. Describe what happened or what you think happened, the poisonous item, and age of the person.
- Call Care24 any time you want information about a wide range of health and medical issues.