The Poison Control Center

Poison Resources for Families

The Poison Control Center provides families and educators with helpful information about poisons, potential poisons and hazards in the home, at school and locations children visit.

Visit the pages below to learn more about how to keep your family safe.

Poison topics 

Inhalation Exposures

Provides information about toxic substances your child may accidently breathe in, when to seek immediate medical help, treatment options and how to prevent inhalant exposures.

Eye Exposures

Provides information about any poison exposure to your child’s eyes, including when to seek immediate help, first aid for eye exposures, common household products that can be dangerous, and lasting effects of eye exposures.

Natural Poisons: Plants and More

Provides information about plants, mushrooms, berries and seeds that can be poisonous, how to distinguish poisonous and nonpoisonous plants, and who to call if your child eats something you suspect may be poisonous.

Bites and Stings

Provides information about bites and stings from common insects and animals such as spiders, bees, wasps and jellyfish.

Poisons In and Around the Home

Provides information about common products you may find around your home that can be hazardous if your child eats it, touches it or breathes it in. Substances of concern include: alcohol and tobacco, personal care products, household cleaners, automobile products, fuels and gases, insect repellant and rat poison.

Medication Hazards

Provides information about common cold and flu products, how to handle and prevent a medication overdose, and recommendations for medication safety in your home.

Objects Not Meant to Be Eaten

Provides information about common items children find around the home and may put in their mouth including: batteries, coins, magnets, expandable toys, sharp objects, and lead-based paint products.

Pet Poisoning

Provides information about who to call if your pet has eaten or been exposed to a hazardous product.

Poison Prevention

Provides information about how to improve safety in all areas of your home, how to ensure food safety, and tips to keep your family safe from potential poisons outside your home. 

Additional resources

Poison prevention education

The Poison Control Center offers a variety of poison prevention education materials for schools and poison prevention educators. These materials can also be used by families to teach their children about poison prevention.

Medication safety resources

Medication safety is an important preventive measure for unintentional poisonings, especially in children. The American Association of Poison Control Centers has partnered with SafeKids Worldwide to bring you the following educational material.

Did you know that every 8 minutes a child presents to an emergency room for a medication-related poisoning? 

Get the facts about kids and medication safety.

Do you know how you can prevent medication poisoning in your child?

Some children are poisoned by their own medicine. It’s important to:

Learn how to store, give and get rid of medications safely.

Download an example of a medication schedule.

For more information, visit Up and Away.

Tox Town

Tox Town is an interactive website for secondary students, educators and the general public. It features:

Tox Town is a companion to the extensive information in the TOXNET collection of databases typically used by toxicologists and healthcare professionals.

Stop! Ask First! video

This animated 6-minute video that teaches children about the dangers of poisons in the home. Copyright 2007 New York State Poison Control Centers


Reviewed by: The Poison Control Center
Date: October 2013

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