Answers to Common Healthy Homes Questions

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What is the first thing someone should do if they suspect a poisoning?

If you think someone is experiencing poisoning, the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon (AAFP) recommends you follow these steps:

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Get the person away from the poison – If the poison is on the skin, wash the skin with running water and remove poison- covered clothes. If the poison is in the air, get the person to fresh air.
  3. Call 911 if you believe there is a poisoning emergency, such as if the person has collapsed or is not breathing.
  4. If the person is awake and responsive, call the American Association of Poison Control CentersOff Site Icon (AAPCC) at (800) 222-1222 immediately. Try to have this information available:
    1. Address where the poisoning happened
    2. Age and weight of poisoned person
    3. The poison container
    4. Time of exposure to the poison
  5. Follow the directions of the emergency assistance or poison control center.

For more information about what to do if you think someone is experiencing poisoning, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue MD; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Jennifer Philpot, CNP, Stillwater Family Care; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine