In the Home

Follow these steps to make sure your home is poison-proof.

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Here are some ways you can help keep your family, friends, and yourself poison-safe at home:

BE PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY. Put the Poison Help number, 1 (800) 222-1222 in your mobile phone and display it in your home and at work in case of emergency, or if you have questions. Calls are free, confidential, and answered by experts, 24/7/365

PRACTICE SAFE STORAGE HABITS. Ideally, the following things should be stored up, away, and out of sight of children, and in their original containers. Alternatively, keep these substances in cabinets secured with child-resistant locks.  Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a 100% child-proof lock or container.

  • All medications and pharmaceuticals, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements.
  • Tobacco and e-cigarette products, especially liquid nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Laundry and cleaning supplies
  • Pesticides and insect repellents
  • Button batteries, such as those found in musical greeting cards, key fobs, etc.
  • Any type of oil or lubricant, including fragrance oils, tiki torch oils, engine oil, etc.
  • Personal care products, especially contact lens disinfectants and hand sanitizers
  • Other chemicals

READ AND FOLLOW LABELS AND DIRECTIONS. Make a habit of reviewing the label on any potentially hazardous substance or product prior to use, especially before administering medications. Take care to follow not only usage directions, but the directions provided for safe storage and disposal as well. Call your poison center at 1 (800) 222-1222 if you have any questions about the directions.

DETECT INVISIBLE THREATS. Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Additionally, be air aware, and protect yourself and loved ones from asbestos exposures. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral made from tiny, lightweight but strong fireproof fibers. Today asbestos is a known cause of mesothelioma cancer. Asbestos fibers, which are commonly found in construction materials used in homes, schools and other buildings, are extremely toxic when those materials are disturbed and the dust is inhaled.  Mesothelioma affects approximately 2,000-3,000 new patients each year. Additionally, poison centers are consulted in the management of 300-400 calls about asbestos per year.  To learn more about the rare cancer, mesothelioma, visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance ‘s website here.

PREPARE FOOD SAFELY. Practice safe food preparation and handling to avoid food poisoning. 

Safety 1st – Sustaining Member of AAPCC:  AAPCC is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Safety 1st, a leading provider of child safety products, to promote pediatric poisoning prevention in the home. We’re tremendously grateful for their support! Learn how Safety 1st can help keep your curious, little ones safe with their additional home safety tips, prevention ideas and safety gear.

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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