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Poison Prevention Tips

The Pittsburgh Poison Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you need Poison Help, dial 1-800-222-1222. Your call will be answered by a professional at the Pittsburgh Poison Center or the Poison Center nearest you.

Keep Poisons Stored Safely

  • Keep all medications, cleaning products, cosmetics, yard chemicals and other potential poisons up and out of the reach of children in a locked cabinet.
  • Never remove poisons from their original container.
  • Do not store medications or household products with food.
  • Use child-resistant packaging whenever possible, but remember – NOTHING is child-proof.

Use Products Safely

  • Always read labels before administering medication or using household products.
  • Turn a light on to take or give medication. Good lighting allows you to read the label accurately.
  • Put medications and products away immediately after use.
  • Protect your pets from poisons.

Keep the Pittsburgh Poison Center number 1-800-222-1222 on or near the phone for easy access. 

To save the Poison Center as a contact in your cellphone, text POISON to 797979.

For 2 free sheets of Mr. Yuk™ stickers, send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope to:

Pittsburgh Poison Center
200 Lothrop Street
PFG 01-01-01
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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