Poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the US. In 2015, someone called the poison center for help every 11 seconds. Here are things you can do to help prevent poison related injuries:
- Store all chemicals and medicines separately and safely.
- Choose products in containers that are hard for children to open.
- Don’t leave a container out for “just a minute.”
- Take your medicines where children cannot see you. They may try to imitate you.
- Have a working carbon monoxide alarm in your home.
- Be extra careful with products that look or smell like candy or drinks.
- Discuss precautions with grandparents and caregivers. Their homes may not be as child-safe as yours.
- Know what to do in case of poisoning.
If you think someone may have touched or tasted a possible poison, call the Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. They will want to know:
- The substance you are calling about.
- How much was taken?
- When it happened?
- Any treatments you already tried
- The patient’s medical history.
Learn more about the Virginia Poison Center.