Poisoning Safety & First Aid
Poison Precautions and Prevention
More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year across the country. The Red Cross urges people to follow these steps to help prevent, treat and respond to poisoning:
If you suspect a poisoning emergency, call the National Poison Control Center toll-free at (800) 222-1222. Post this and other emergency phone numbers by all of your telephones. Keep all chemicals and medicines locked up and out of sight. Be careful when handling substances, chemicals and cleaners that could be harmful. Only use them in well-ventilated areas and wear protective clothing, such as gloves and a face mask. Use common sense with your own medications. Keep medications in the containers they came in. Make sure they are kept out of children's reach. Read the product information carefully. Use only as directed. Be aware of the possible side effects and any possible interactions with other medications you are taking. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have any questions. Never use another person's prescribed medications or medications that have expired.