Tips for kids and parents
Be prepared for any poison emergency:
Save the Nearest Poison Center number on your mobile phone and display it somewhere visible in your home in case of any poisoning emergency, or if you have questions. Please note that the calls are free of charge, confidential, and answered by poison specialist over 24 hours a day, every day of a year.
Safe storage and handling habits
Some products should be stored up, away and out of sight of your children, and in their original containers. Moreover, keeping these substances in cabinets secured with child-resistance locks is necessary.
Some of these products are:
- Medications; over the counter Medicines, prescribed medicines, herbal medicines, or supplements.
- Laundry and cleaning products. Personal care products: Young children often try to taste toothpaste, creams, perfumes, hand sanitizers, and other personal care product.
- Tobacco and e-cigarettes, especially liquid nicotine.
- Pesticides, biocides, and insect repellents Button batteries
- Other chemicals
Labels and Directions
Always read and follow the label of any potentially hazardous substances or products prior usage, especially pesticides and medications.
Tips for elderly and adults:
Most elderly aged 65 years and above regularly take at least three to five different medications, almost prescribed medicines, over-the-counter medicines, or dietary supplements. Thus, the risk of drug-drug or drug-food interactions, or misuse of these medicines is increased.
These scenarios can cause serious or fatal poisonings. Therefore, we provide you with simple tips to minimize the risk and the number of elderly total poisonings:
- Remember to discuss all medicines that you take with your doctors, pharmacists, and your health care provider. Make sure that you are aware how to take your medicine properly, in the right dose, and in the right time.
- Be aware about any possible side effect that may occur related to your medicines, so don’t forget to read your medicine label.
- Keep your medicines up, away, and out of sight of anyone especially children and teens; to reduce the chance someone gets into your medicine.
- Always remember to dispose any unwanted or expired medicine safely.
- Remember to be prepared for any emergency by knowing who to call, and saving your doctors, pharmacist, and the nearest poison center phone numbers in your phone and display it somewhere visible in your house, like on the refrigerator or close to your landline telephone or computer.
Remember to ask your doctor about:
- What is the name of your medication?
- Why are you taking it for?
- Are there any side effects?
- For how long you should take your prescribed medicines, or supplements?
Remember to ask your pharmacist about:
- Is your medicine taken with food or on an empty stomach?
- Should certain food, drink or other drugs be avoided?
- Are there any side effects?
- How many times should you take your medication and when?