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Who Gets Poisoned?

Mostly children under 5 years of age; boys twice as often as girls. Children from 1-3 years of age are especially vulnerable to poisoning.

What Is Poison?

Plants, garden supplies, pesticides, automotive supplies, art and hobby supplies, household cleansers, disinfectants, laundry supplies—all can be toxic if improperly used. The same goes for medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Bites or stings from insects, spiders and snakes can also be poisonous.

Where Do Poisonings Happen?

The most likely place is the home. The living room, recreation room, kitchen, bathroom and garden may be hazardous to health if poisons are left within reach of a child or pet.

When Do Poisonings Happen?

Most often just before mealtimes when hungry children are looking for something to taste. Poisonings also tend to occur more frequently when normal routine is disrupted: vacations, moving, guests in the home, or stress or anxiety among family members.

Poisoning Can Be Prevented

  • Keep poisons out of reach and out of sight.
  • Do not automatically accept first aid instructions printed on product containers,
    as they could be outdated.
  • Have the following telephone numbers in plain sight by the telephone:

 Additional information available at: American Association of Poison Control Centers