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Poison Prevention Tips

More than two million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old.

Tips to Prevent Poisonings

  • Read label directions for proper storage and disposal instructions.
  • Store products out of reach and out of sight from children.
  • Keep products in their original containers, with the label so products can be easily identified and label directions can be read.
  • Talk with your children about what is safe to taste and what is not safe to taste. For example, colored liquids may look like juice, so teach your children to ask an adult before they try something.

Poison Prevention Activities

  • Which Can I Taste? game that asks kids to choose between photos of two similar looking items for which one is safe to taste. Examples include: difference between glass cleaner and blue Gatorade; Mountain Dew and yellow cleaning supplies; candy and vitamins. The idea is that the pictures will look so similar some children may guess the “safe to taste” item wrong, teaching that it’s important to ask an adult before tasting and to keep items in their original containers.
  • Safe to Taste Collages activity allows children to use magazines and newspapers to select photos for a collage that illustrate what is safe to taste on one side and what is not safe to taste on the other.


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