A poison is anything that can cause illness or death if it is swallowed, breathed in, injected or splashed in the eyes or on the skin. Poisons can be found almost anywhere and they come in different forms: gas, liquid or solid. Some examples of potential poisons include medications and vitamins, cleaning products, personal cosmetics, poisonous plants, outdoor mushrooms, antifreeze, window washer fluid, and drain cleaners.
While it is true that poisons can be found nearly everywhere, there are simple steps that can be taken to keep a poisoning from happening. Find out how you can protect you and your family members by following the internal links to the tip pages below.
Download our Home Safety Checklist (pdf) to take a room - by - room inventory of common poisons in the home.
Did you know that children under the age of six years are poisoned more often than any other age group? Find out how to protect your children and grandchildren from the toxic dangers that lurk in your home.
Did you know that taking prescription drugs that don't belong to you can be very dangerous to your health? Find out more about the dangers of the substances that are commonly abused among adolescents.
Did you know that you can get poisoned by mixing cleaning products together? Find out more about how you can protect yourself, as an adult, from becoming poisoned.
Did you know that poisonings are the leading cause of accidental injury death in New Mexico? This is largely due to prescription drug abuse. Find out more about how to protect yourself and your family from drug overdose.
Did you know that thawing meat at room temperature can cause food poisoning? Find out how you can avoid becoming poisoned by food.
Do you know if there are poisonous plants inside or outside of your home? Find out more about how you can protect your children and pets from dangerous vegetation.
Did you know that all spiders are venomous to a certain degree? Find out more about the critters in New Mexico that can cause serious illness.
Did you know that carbon monoxide is referred to as the "silent killer?" Find out why.
Did you know that there are many toxins that can ruin your outdoor fun? Find out how you can avoid a dangerous situation.