Almost all poisonings happen in homes. Every day, children are treated in emergency
rooms for poisonings.
Never leave small children alone in a room with cleaning, cosmetic, laundry, or medical
products. All medicine safety tops aren't completely childproof. Some laundry or detergent
packets or pods look like candy to young children. So keep them out of sight and reach
Keep alcohol and tobacco products out of sight and reach. Both can cause physical
damage if swallowed by a child.
Keep medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies put away. Many medicines are mildly
to highly poisonous. Some medicines can kill a child. These include heart medicine,
pain medicine, sedatives, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and seizure medicine.
Be sure you give a child the right dose of the right medicine. Giving too much (overdosing)
can cause serious problems.
Remove any poisonous plants from your home. These include caladium, castor bean plant,
elephant's ear, philodendron, mistletoe, holly, and dieffenbachia. These plants can
cause skin irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, and other side effects if a
child eats them.
Check gas-powered appliances regularly for carbon monoxide leaks. Make sure you have
working carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
Check these places in your home for dangerous products. Make sure these products are
stored away from children:
Garage. Antifreeze, windshield cleaner, gasoline, charcoal lighter, pesticides, fertilizers,
garden chemicals, fungicides, and flea and pest powder
Bedrooms. Cosmetics, cologne, hair spray, nail polish and remover, mothballs, medicines, and
Bathrooms and laundry room. Drain and toilet cleaners, bleach, disinfectants, detergents, laundry pods, and aerosol
Kitchen. Button batteries, insect killer, metal polish, alcohol, detergents, and oven cleaner
Home workshop. Solder, lead, cadmium, formaldehyde, solvents, paint, and paint thinner
Pool. Chlorine, shock, pH balancers, and algaecide
Don't rely on just 1 poison control measure. For safety's sake: