Prevention For All Ages
Almost 75 percent of poisonings happen in the home. Most cases of poisoning take place in the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. Preventing poisoning at home is the best way to keep you and your family safe.
The Missouri Poison Center receives a call every 8 minutes - 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, all year round.Registered nurses and pharmacists answer your calls overseen by professional physician toxicologists. The Missouri Poison Center is here to help you and check back to make sure your family stays safe. Learn how to keep you and your family safe at home with our PDFs for every age.
Prevent Childhood Poisoning
- Don’t call medicine “candy.”
- Always use child-resistant containers if possible.
- Download the Prevent Childhood Poisoning PDF for more information.
Prevent Teen Poisoning
- If you are on medication, follow the doctor’s orders exactly.
- Never share your medicine.
- Download the Prevent Teen Poisoning PDF for more information.
Prevent Adult Poisoning
- Read labels on all medicines and products.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms.
- Download the Prevent Adult Poisoning PDF for more information.
Poison Prevention for Grandparents & Seniors
- Understand physician’s directions for using all medications.
- If grandchildren visit, keep your medications in a locked cabinet.
- Download the Poison Prevention for Grandparents & Seniors PDF for more information.
Babysitting and Poison Safety
Children between the ages of one and three years are at the greatest risk of being accidentally poisoned because toddlers are curious and are always on the move. They learn by tasting and touching. They are attracted to objects, medicines and liquids that look colorful and smell good. It is so important to watch the children closely at all times.