Poison & Prevention Information
By Age : Seniors
Poison Prevention Tips
- Be prepared.
- Put the poison control number (1-800-222-1222, U.S. only) in, on or near your phone.
- Save webPOISONCONTROL® as a browser favorite (webPOISONCONTROL.org).
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of your home. Keep appliances, furnaces, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves in good repair.
- Store medicines and products in their original containers.
- Use child-resistant packaging, especially if young children are ever around. Replace caps securely. Why?
- Of children treated in an ER for medicine poisoning, 38% got into a grandparent's medicine.
- More grandparents identified electrical outlets than medicine as a top safety issue, but 36 times more children go to the ER for medicine poisoning. Ouch!
- Store household products in a different place from food and medicine.
- Use medicines safely.
- Turn on the lights, put on glasses, and read the label before taking or giving medicine. Follow instructions exactly.
- Don't take someone else's medicine.
- Use household products as directed on the label. Mixing products can release dangerous gases.
- Have grandchildren? Check out the poison prevention tips for the ages of your grandchildren.
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