is something that can hurt you or make you sick when it gets into
your body. Poison can get into your body if you eat, drink, touch
or smell something that is poisonous.
do you know if something is poisonous? That is a very tricky
question so no matter what, you should always ask a grown-up before
putting anything into your mouth unless you are sure it is safe
to eat or drink. Poisons can be found in all sorts of places like
your garage or in any room in your home such as the kitchen, bathroom
or basement. Poisons can be found outdoors or even in your mother's
purse. Here are some tips to help give you an idea of what forms
poisons can come in...
of poisons that you can easily eat or drink would be:
Foods that are spoiled or have not been cooked properly, alcohol,
medicine, household and garden products and certain plants,
berries or mushrooms.
Examples of poisons
that you can smell or breathe-in would be:
Gases such as carbon monoxide from a car's exhaust pipe, carbon
dioxide from sewers, chlorine from a pool, or fumes from household
products like glue, paint, cleaners or even smoke from some
types of drugs.
of poisons that can enter your body by touch may come from:
Plants like poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac, plant fertilizers
or pesticides. Some poisons can enter your body by bites or
stings from insects, spiders, ticks, sea life such as jelly
fish, sting rays, or sea anemones, as well as snakes and other
animals. Medicines that are injected with a needle can also
be harmful if too much is taken or if the wrong kind is used
some rules that will help you to stay safe from poisons:
- If you don't know
what something is, do not put it in your mouth. Always check with
a grown-up first.
- Never take medicine
unless it is given to you by an adult. If you think you need medicine
for any reason, check with an adult before you take the medicine
because taking the wrong kind or taking too much can make you
- Some plants, mushrooms
and berries are poisonous. Ask an adult before you try to eat
- DO NOT touch or play
with spray cans or bottled chemicals. Always let an adult use
- STAY AWAY from household
cleaning products, dish detergents or car washing items. If you
need to clean something, have an adult supervise with the preparation
of the cleaning solutions.
- Never try to touch
wild or unfamiliar animals. If you are bitten you can get rabies
or may need to treat a snake bite! If you do get bitten by an
animal, try to remember what it looked like and where you last
saw it. Do not try to trap the animal because you could be hurt
or someone you know gets into a poison, tell an adult right away.
The grown-up should call a Poison Control Center. You can call the
Poison Control Center for help too if no adult is around to help.
The Poison Center can help with all poison emergency calls -- it
doesn't even have to be a poison emergency. There is a National
toll-free number, 1-800-222-1222 that will connect people all over
the US to a nurse, pharmacist or other poison specialist. Over 80%
of poison calls can be handled over the phone. The Poison Control
Center number should be kept near a telephone in your house, if
it isn't, please ask an adult in your home to show you where to
find the number.
POISON CONTROL CENTER # IS
AS SOON AS
YOU CAN IF THE PERSON IS HAVING DIFFICULTY BREATHING OR
IS NOT RESPONDING!
CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE OR DEATH!
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