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When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call Poison Help. Get help right away from a local poison expert.

If someone is unconscious or has trouble breathing, call 911.


This year, National Poison Prevention Week is March 20 - 26. Download the NPPW planner to help you plan poison prevention activities and partner with your local poison center.

Danger Where You Least Expect it: At Home

Most people think of their home as a safe haven, but, in fact, 90 percent of poisonings happen inside the home. Help protect your family from poison dangers with our home safety tips.

Program the Poison Help Number Into Your Phone

Accidents happen. Be prepared. Program the Poison Help line number into your phone and share it with your family and friends so it’s there when you need it most.

Don't Guess. Make the Call.

  1. Call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, if someone may have been poisoned – even if you’re not sure.
  2. Stay calm – most poisoning emergencies can be resolved quickly.
  3. Call 9-1-1 if the person is unconscious or has trouble breathing.