Every day we use medicines, chemicals, and other
products at home and work.
poisons harm you when you don’ t expect it.
When a poison harms someone,
that’s called poisoning. Most poisonings happen when poisons
Poisoning is a leading public health problem.
It does not just happen to
children. It can happen to anyone, at any time and in anyplace. Poisoning is much more common than most people
If someone may have been poisoned, call the
toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, to speak with a
poison expert right away. This expert can give you advice on first aid and may save you from a visit to the
Below is a checklist to help you in the
event of a poisoning.
If the person is not breathing, call
If the person inhaled poison, get him or her fresh
air right away.
If the person has poison on the skin, take off any
clothing the poison touched. Rinse skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
If the person has poison in the eyes, rinse eyes
with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
Do not use activated charcoal when you think
someone may have been poisoned.
Calling Poison Help
Do not wait for signs of poisoning before calling
Poison Help (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center. Stay calm. Not all
medicines, chemicals, or household products are poisonous. Not all contact with poison results in
Make sure to have the container of the product you
think caused the poisoning nearby. The label has important information.
ready (if you can) to tell the expert on the phone:
The exposed person’s age and weight
Known health conditions or problems
The product involved
How the product contacted the person (for example,
by mouth, by inhaling, through the skin, or through the eyes)
How long ago the poison contacted the
What first aid has already been given
Whether the person has vomited
Your exact location and how long it would take you
to get to a hospital