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Poison Safety

Poisonings can happen to anyone. Learn about the common poison hazards in our everyday environment and how to prevent or minimize the risk of exposure.

First Aid for Poison

Call the Kansas Poison Help line first at 1-800-222-1222. Serious poisonings don’t always have early warning signs or symptoms.

Do not eat or drink anything before calling the Poison Center. Do not try to make the person throw up or give them syrup of ipecac.

Get to fresh air right away. Open doors and windows to ventilate the area.

On the skin
Remove contaminated clothing and rinse the skin with water for 10 minutes.

In the Eye
Flush the eye for 15 minutes using a large cup filled with lukewarm water held 2-4 inches from the eye.

When to Call

You need to call 911 immediately if a person:

  • Stops breathing
  • Collapses
  • Has a seizure

If you have questions or think someone has been exposed to a poison, call 1-800-222-1222.

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