Poison Prevention Tips

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.

Tip Pages

Young Children 

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.

Tweens and Teens 

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.

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Adults and Seniors 

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.

Food Poisoning 

Did you know that thawing meat at room temperature can cause food poisoning?  Find out how you can avoid becoming poisoned by food.

Poisonous Plants 

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.

Venomous Creatures 

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.

Carbon Monoxide 

Did you know that carbon monoxide is referred to as the "silent killer?"  Find out why.

Warm Weather Hazards 

Did you know that there are many toxins that can ruin your outdoor fun?  Find out how you can avoid a dangerous situation.

Additional Poison Prevention Resources

  • View and / or subscribe to The Poison Post®. 
  • Learn more than 50 ways to Prevent a Poisoning (pdf).
  • Visit our Share Your Story page to submit your own story about a poisoning incidence.  By sharing your story, you can help others prevent a poisoning from happening and inspire individuals to become involved in poison prevention.
  • Visit our Resources page to learn more about like-minded organizations that promote poison and injury prevention.  Educational materials may be available through these Web sites.
  • View instructional  Poison Prevention Videos at the Kansas Poison Center Web site; includes information about how to properly store poisons as well as tips for avoiding medication overdose.
  • Visit the American Cleaning Institute Web site to learn how to keep your home clean while providing a safe and healthy environment for your family.  Free materials are available as well as information about workplace safety.