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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.

What Can You Do?

Prevention Tips

Making your home safe is critical to avoiding poisoning because more than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home.1 Here you will find basic tips for preventing poisonings. Seasonal tips and ways to prevent poisonings among childrenteens, adults, and older adults are also available on this Web site.

  • Never mix household or chemical products together. Doing so can create a dangerous gas.
  • Never share prescription medicines. If you are taking more than one drug at a time, check with your health care provider, pharmacist, or call the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, to find out more about possible drug interactions.
  • Keep all chemicals, household cleaners, medicines, and potentially poisonous substances in locked cabinets or out of the reach of children. 

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for a list of different poisons and how to use and store them safely.

1. Bronstein AC,  Spyker DA Cantilena LR, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2008 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 26th Annual Report. 2009. Clinical Toxicology (2009) 47, 911–1084. Exit Disclaimer