Poison Prevention Checklist


Have you thrown out all out-of-date prescriptions?

Yes   No 

As medicines get older, the chemicals inside them can change. So what was once a good medicine may now be a dangerous poison. Flush all old drugs down the toilet. Rinse the container well and discard it.

Are all medicines in their original containers with the original labels?

Yes   No 

Prescription medicines may or may not list ingredients. However, the prescription number on the label will allow rapid identification by the pharmacist of the ingredients should they not be listed. Without the original label and container, you can't be sure of what you're taking. After all, aspirin looks a lot like poisonous roach tablets.

If your vitamins and mineral supplements contain iron, are they in child-resistant packaging?

Yes   No 

Most people think of vitamins and minerals as foods and, therefore, nontoxic. But there are iron pills that can kill a child.

The Garage or Storage Area:

Death may occur when a child swallows such everyday substances as charcoal lighter, paint thinner and remover, antifreeze and turpentine.

Do all these poisons have child-resistant caps?

Yes   No 

Are they stored in the containers?

Yes   No 

Are the original labels on the containers?

Yes   No 

Have you made sure that no poisons are stored in drinking glasses or pop bottles?

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