U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

www.hhs.gov

Poison Help 1-800-222-1222 [logo]

Increase font size


1-800-222-1222

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.

What Can You Do?

Adult Tips

Poisonings can happen to anyone, but you can protect yourself and others. Learn 1) how to prevent poisoning, 2) how to recognize and store poisons around your home, and 3) what to do in a poison emergency. Here are some tips to help you. Remember, if you suspect someone has been poisoned, right away call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center.

To avoid poisoning, pay close attention to the following products:  

  • Painkillers
  • Sedatives (drugs used to reduce anxiety), hypnotics (sleeping pills), and antipsychotics (drugs used to treat mental illness)
  • Household cleaning products

To help keep your home safe:

  • Never mix household or chemical products together.
  • Be aware of common poisons to avoid.
  • Keep all chemicals, medicines, and potentially poisonous substances out of the reach of children.
  • Educate children, teenagers, and older adults on basic poison tips.