Children

You can get poisoned by eating, drinking, touching, or smelling something that can make you sick or hurt you. Some things, like medicine, can make you sick if you take the wrong kind, or if you take too much. Always ask a trusted grown-up before you take any medicine. Never put anything in your mouth if you are not sure if it is safe to eat. Ask a grown-up first!

What is a poison? Information for Kids

How can you get poisoned?

You can get poisoned by eating, drinking, touching, or smelling something that can make you sick or hurt you. Some things, like medicine, can make you sick if you take the wrong kind, or if you take too much. Always ask a trusted grown-up before you take any medicine. Never put anything in your mouth if you are not sure if it is safe to eat. Ask a grown-up first!

Where are poisons found?

Poison can be found in any room in your home. They can even be found in Grandma’s purse! Poisons can be found outside, like some plants, berries and mushrooms.

What can you do if someone gets poisoned?

If you think you got into a poison, tell a grown-up right away! They will call the poison center. The poison center will tell them how to help you. If you think your mom or dad, or your brother or sister, or even your friend got into a poison, you can call the poison center too. Learn the poison center's phone number, 1-800-222-1222, and make sure you have the number of the poison center on or near the telephones in your house.

How can you be prepared?

Ask your mom or dad to teach you what things are dangerous and what are not. Sometimes poisons can be colorful or have interesting designs on the packaging. It’s very important that you stay away from anything you aren’t familiar with unless an adult says it’s okay.

Encourage your family to have a plan in case someone accidently gets into a poison. Just like fire and tornado drills, a well-practiced plan of action can keep you and your family safe.  

Find Your Local Poison Center

Poison centers offer free, private, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can reach your local poison center by calling 1-800-222-1222.

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