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Poison Prevention Tips

Storage Tips:

  • Store medicines and products in their original containers.
  • Lock medicines and household products where children cannot see or reach them.
  • Use child-resistant packaging. Replace the caps tightly.
  • Store household products in a different place from food and medicine.
  • Keep purses and briefcases out of children’s reach.

Prevent Poisoning from Medicines:

  • Read the label before taking or giving medicine.
  • Use medicine only as directed by your doctor or the label.
  • Call medicine by its proper name, not "candy".
  • Take medicine in a place where children cannot watch, because children learn by imitating adults.

Prevent Poisoning from Products and Plants:

  • Use household products according to label directions. Mixing household products can cause dangerous gases to form.
  • Keep house plants out of children’s reach. Even if the plants are not poisonous, they might cause choking.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • Keep appliances, furnaces, fireplaces, and wood-burning stoves in good repair.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm.

General Poison Prevention Tips:

  • When answering the phone or the door, take open products (or your children!) with you.
  • Put the poison center number 1-800-222-1222 on or near your phone.
  • Be sure that every home where your child spends time is poison-proofed.

Consejos para Prevenir Envenenamientos e Intoxicaciones (Poison Prevention Tips in Spanish)
Poison Prevention Tips for Your Pets




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