Poison prevention tips
- Keep all medicines out of sight and out of reach of grandchildren.
- Don’t take medications in the dark! Always use adequate lighting when reading prescription labels to prevent taking the wrong medication.
- Wear glasses or contact lenses when taking medication to ensure dosing accuracy.
- Read all medication labels twice as a safety precaution and use a magnifying glass when necessary.
- Ask your pharmacist any questions that you have regarding your prescriptions or over-the-counter products.
- If you are hearing impaired, ask clinicians to speak slowly and to repeat information when needed.
- Store all personal care items separately from household items, and store all topical products separately from oral care products.
- Never mix any household, automotive or garden products together as dangerous fumes may result.
- When using these products, open windows and doors, use fans, and wear gloves to protect your hands.
- Have professional maintenance checks done twice a year on oil and gas heating systems in your home.
- Check and clean your fireplace once a year.
- Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and change batteries at least once a year.
Common poisons in the home
Use and store these products carefully!
- Household cleaners
- Ant and mouse poisons
- Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
The best way to be prepared for poison emergencies is by programming the Poison Help number into your phone, 1-800-222-1222, and posting it somewhere visible in your home.
This information is also available in a downloadable format.