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Poison Help

Call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, if someone may have been poisoned – even if you’re not sure.

Review Date: October 29, 2011

Health Resources and Services Administration - HRSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Find Your Local Poison Center

This list offers local and certified poison centers located in the Unites States and its territories. You may also find your local poison center by calling 1-800-222-1222.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Carbon Monoxide Questions and Answers

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. This page provides information on what the symptoms of CO poisoning are, how CO is produced, what one should do to prevent CO poisoning, and more.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

FAQs: Poison Prevention

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the National Poison Prevention Week and tips to help prevent accidental poisonings.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Poison Prevention Week Council

Animal Poison Control Center

The ASPCA offers veterinary advice for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call 1-888-426-4435.

Review Date: April 22, 2011

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home- (PDF)

Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. If your home was built before 1978, learn what you can do to protect your child from lead poisoning.

Review Date: July 10, 2012

HUD USER, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

A CO Alarm Can Save Your Life

Learn about the importance of replacing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms annually.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

About Lead-Based Paint

Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. If your home was built before 1978, learn what you can do to protect your child from lead poisoning.

Review Date: January 26, 2012

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Arsenic in Drinking Water

Studies have linked long-term exposure of arsenic in drinking water to a variety of cancers in humans. To protect human health, an EPA standard limits the amount of arsenic in drinking water at .010 parts per million (10 parts per billion) to protect consumers.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

Learn how you can prevent harmful exposure to carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, colorless gas that can cause illness and death.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with Camping Equipment

Each year there are about 30 deaths and 450 injuries because of carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of portable camping heaters, lanterns, or stoves inside tents, campers, and vehicles. Follow these guidelines to prevent this colorless, odorless gas from poisoning you and your family.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Fentanyl Patch Can Be Deadly to Children

The FDA issued a safety alert to warn patients, caregivers and health care professionals about the dangers of accidental exposure to and improper storage and disposal of the fentanyl patch. Find out how to protect children from accidental exposure.

Review Date: April 20, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Keep Young Children Safe from Poisoning

Use these quick tips to prevent accidental poisoning at home.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lead Hotline - The National Lead Information Center

Contact the National Lead Information Center to receive a general information packet, to order other documents, or for detailed information or questions.

Review Date: December 14, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Pesticide Safety Tips

Pesticides can dangerous when used carelessly or not stored properly. Find tips for safer pest control.

Review Date: October 19, 2011

Office of Pesticide Programs, OCSPP, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Poison Prevention - Fact Sheets & Safety Tips

Medications, household cleaners and even a leaky gas furnace can pose serious poisoning risks to your kids. Keeping potentially dangerous substances out of little hands is a sure way to prevent unintentional poisoning.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

Safe Kids Worldwide

Poison Prevention Tips for Adults

This document provides tips for adults on how to prevent poisonings from household and chemical products, and medicine.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Poison Prevention Tips for Children

These tips for children explain what a poison is and what it may look like, what to do if someone is poisoned, and how to stay safe from poison.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Poison Prevention: Be Aware, Know the Facts- (PDF)

Information about household products and substances that are poisonous and tips on what to do if poisoning occurs.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Poison-proof Your Home: One Room at a Time Checklist

This checklist provides a list of activities and action steps that can help parents and caregivers identify sources of pesticide and other household product dangers at home.

Review Date: October 12, 2011

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ten Tips to Protect Children from Chemical and Lead Poisoning

Follow these simple steps to protect your children from environmental hazards around the home.

Review Date: December 11, 2012

Office of Pesticide Programs, OCSPP, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Toxic Chemicals in Your Home

Children are often more vulnerable than adults to the harmful effects of chemical pollutants because they are growing and developing rapidly. Childhood exposure to toxins can cause serious health damage to an individual later in life.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Children's Environmental Health Network