Poison & Prevention Information By Age : Teens

Poison Prevention Tips

  • Be prepared.
    • Put the poison control number (1-800-222-1222, U.S. only) in, on or near your phone.
    • Save  as a browser favorite (webPOISONCONTROL.org).
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of your home.
  • Store medicines and products in their original containers.
  • Store household products in a different place from food and medicine.
  • Use medicines safely.
    • Read the label before taking or giving medicine. Follow instructions exactly.
    • Ask your teen's pediatrician before giving any herbal medicine or supplement.
    • Monitor children closely when you allow them to take their own medicines.
  • Discuss inhalant abuse when you discuss drug and alcohol abuse.
    • Aerosol cans, air fresheners, gasoline, glue, hairspray, nitrous oxide, paint thinners, and spray paint can kill or cause permanent damage if abused.
  • Baby-sitting? Check out the poison prevention tips for the ages of the children you are watching.

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Learn the Poison Prevention Jingles

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