Information for Families

24-Hour Poison Control Center Hotline

Toll free 1-800-222-1222

Prevention is Key

We are surrounded by poisons that people can eat, breathe and get in their eyes or on their skin. Learn more about those hazards, and follow our tips to keep your family safe and healthy.


Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, have become quite popular the last few years. But many questions remain about their safety.

Home Safety Checklist

Use this checklist to minimize risks throughout your home.
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Intentional Poisoning

Poison is the third most common form of suicide. Learn more about intentional poisoning and how it can be prevented.

Kids' Corner

Kids, learn about poisons through a variety of fun activities.

Pets and Poisons

Pets can be poisoned by common household products, plants and foods. Learn more about dangers to your pet.

Poison Diaper Bag

Be wary of the danger you may carry.
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Poison Myths

Some things you hear about poisons may not be true. Get the facts.

Prevention Tips

With careful planning, you can keep your family safe. Follow these tips to poison-proof your home.

Seasonal Poisoning Hazards

Each season brings activities that pose potential hazards. Learn how to keep your family safe and healthy.

Syrup of Ipecac

Syrup of ipecac should no longer be used as a poison treatment in the home. Learn more about the new guidelines.

Teen Tips and Links

Teenagers, check out this poison prevention information especially for you.

Tips for Seniors

Adults over sixty and their grandchildren are at risk for poisonings – primarily from medications. Find out how to keep your loved ones safe.

Travel Tips for Parents

Follow these tips to prevent poisonings when you’re on the road.

What Babysitters Need to Know

If you take care of other kids, find out what you need to look out for.