Everyone has potentially

poisonous products in their home.

But, you can help keep your family

safe by taking these precautions.


� Keep all cleaning products

and medications in their

original containers.

� Label dangerous substances

with poison stickers.

� Always put things away immediately.

Never leave cleansers

or medication on countertops

where children can get to


� Do not store poisonous

household products under the

sink or in places where

children can reach them.

� Do not keep cleansers or

medication near food -- store

in a separate, locked cabinet.


� Throw out old medication --

flush down the toilet.

� Buy medicines with child-resistant


� Read labels before taking.

� Keep bathroom cleaners in a

locked cabinet that a child

can't get to.

� Don't leave

perfumes, cosmetics


other toiletries

in reach of

children --

even lipstick

can be toxic to a small child.

� Don't put prescription and

dangerous over-the-counter

preparations in the medicine


Laundry Room

� Keep detergents, bleaches

and stain removers securely

locked up.

� Periodically discard old substances

in the proper manner

-- especially turpentine, boric

acid, camphorated oil and oil

of wintergreen.

� Before discarding empty

bleach and liquid detergent

bottles, rinse them out first.

� Don't leave diaper pails or

diaper pail deodorizers within

reach of small children.

Bedroom/Living Room

� Lock up liquor and be sure

any alcoholic drinks are out

of reach of children.

� Remove toxic plants if small

children and pets are around.

� Check walls for peeling paint.

� Don't leave ashtrays, matches

or lighters in low, easy-toreach


� Don't keep medications on

your nightstand.

� Don't leave colognes, perfumes

and cosmetics out

where children can get to



� Keep insecticides, lighter

fluid, paint and paint thinners,

gasoline, antifreeze, oil, etc. in

original containers and store

in a locked cabinet.

� Label all


products with

poison stickers.

� Don't assume

that plants and flowers growing

on your property are safe.

Learn which leaves, berries

and flowers are toxic and be

sure to instruct children to

stay away from them.

If you suspect a case of

poisoning, take these 3

steps right away

1. Look for these signs of


� Dizziness, drowsiness

� Odor on breath

� Open bottle or spilled contents

� Vomiting, nausea or pain in


� Difficult or shallow breathing

� Hyperactivity, irritability

2. Check to see if the victim is


� If not -- call an ambulance or

the police immediately.

� Remove tie, unbutton collar.

� Perform mouth-to-mouth


3. Take these first aid actions


� Call poison center, emergency

room or doctor.

� Cover victim with blanket --

loosen tight clothing.

� Clear airway, remove dentures.

� Do not give food, drink, alcohol

or drugs.

� Save and give doctor the

poisonous substance (i.e., leftover

medicine, plant leaves,

household agents) as well as

container and label.

What To Do For.

Swallowed Poisons

1. Give a small glass

of water if the victim

is awake and able to swallow.

2. Call poison center or doctor.

Have poison container handy.

3. Do not give syrup of ipecac or

induce vomiting unless directed

to do so.

Inhaled Poisons

1. Immediately move victim to

fresh air -- drag or carry body if


2. If victim is not breathing, give

mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

and call ambulance.

3. Call poison center or doctor.

Poisons on Skin

1. Remove contaminated clothing.

2. Flood affected parts with water.

Then wash gently with soap and

cool water and rinse.

3. Call poison center or doctor.

Have poison container available.

Poisons in the Eye

1. Flush eye with lukewarm water

poured from a pitcher held four

inches from the eye. Check to

be sure water isn't hot.

2. Call poison center or doctor.

These substances may be

poisonous. If ingested, call

poison center or doctor



Bubble Bath



Corn and Wart Remover

Dandruff Shampoo

Dishwasher Detergent

Eye Make-up

Furniture Polish

Glue (epoxy)




Model Cement

Nail Polish

Nail Polish Remover

Permanent Wave Solution

Shoe Polish

Silver Polish


Typewriter Cleaner

Window Wash Solvent

For More Information or to

Reach a Poison Center

There are six Regional Poison

Control Centers in California. Or,

call information for the center

nearest you.

Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa

Barbara Counties

Regional Poison Control Center,

Los Angeles County Medical Association

1925 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90057

(800)777-6476 or (213)484-5151

Orange. Riverside. San Bernardino.

Inyo and Mono Counties

Regional Poison Control Center,

UCI Medical Center

101 The City Drive, Trailer 1 Route


Orange, CA 92668

(800)544-4404 or (714)634-5988

San Diego and Imperial Counties

San Diego Regional Poison Center,

UCSD Medical Center

225 Dickinson Street

San Diego, CA 92103

(800)876-4766 or (619)543-6000

Del Norte. Alameda. Contra Costa.

Humboldt. Marin. Mendocino.

Napa. San Francisco. San Mateo.

and Sonoma Counties

San Francisco Bay Area Regional

Poison Control Center, San Francisco

General Hospital

1001 Potrero Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94110

(800)523-2222 or (415)476-6000

Merced. Mariposa. Madera. Fresno.

Kings. Tulare. and Kern Counties

Fresno Regional Poison Control

Center, Fresno Community Hospital

P.O. Box 1232

Fresno, CA 93715

(800)346-5922 or (800)342-9293 or


Santa Clara. Santa Cruz. San

Benito. Monterey. and San Luis

Obispo Counties

Regional Poison Control Center,

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

751 South Bascom Avenue

San Jose, CA 95128

(800)662-9886 or (408)299-5112 A,,