March is Poison Awareness Month

Poison Awareness Month

March is Poison Awareness Month. More than 2 million poisonings are reported to poison centers each year, so take the necessary steps to protect your home and family from the poisonous items we handle every day.

How can I prepare my home to prevent poisoning?

  • Store medications, alcohol, batteries, oils and lubricants, cleaning supplies and other chemicals away from places that can be reached by children.
  • Safely dispose of these materials in the proper containers or disposal locations.
  • Install and keep carbon monoxide detectors up-to-date.

Who is most likely to be poisoned?

  • Everyone is susceptible to poisoning, but most poisoning cases involve children under six. Keep poisonous chemicals and substances in a safe place where children can’t reach them.

What do I do if someone has been poisoned?

  • If the poison was inhaled, get the person to fresh air immediately.
  • If the poison is on the skin, remove any contaminated clothes and rinse skin with water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • If the poison is in the eyes, rinse eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • In all cases call the Poison Help number (below) to speak with a poison expert.

If someone is showing obvious signs of poisoning, dial 9-1-1 and see a medical professional. For questions related to poison prevention or disposal of poisonous materials call the Poison Help number at 1-800-222-1222. For more information on poison prevention, visit