- Program Poison Control into your cell phone – 1-800-222-1222. The Animal Poison Control Line is 1-888-426-4435. Both are available 24/7, 365.
- Put the help numbers on or near every telephone in the home.
- Store all medicines and household products up and away and out of sight in a cabinet where a child or pet cannot reach them.
- Do not place your next dose on the counter or table where children can reach them – it only takes seconds for a child to get them.
- If you have to do something else while taking medicine, such as answer the phone, take any young children with you.
- Secure the child safety cap every time you use a medicine.
- After using them, do not leave medicines or household products out. Put them away in the proper secure location.
- Be aware of any legal or illegal drugs that guests may bring into your home. Ask guests to store drugs where children cannot find them. Children can easily get into pillboxes, purses, backpacks, etc.
- Always properly dispose of your medicines. Please see the FDA’s website, Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know
Never call medicine “Candy.”
- Identify poisonous plants in your home or yard and place them out of reach, or remove them. Remember your pets! Remove poisonous plants from their area.
- If poisoning occurs, remain calm.
- Call 911 if the victim has collapsed or is not breathing. If the victim is alert, dial 1-800-222-1222. Have this information ready: victim’s age and weight, container or bottle of poison, time of the poison exposure, and address where the poisoning occurred.