Poison Control Center
The Poison Control Center (PCC) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a non-profit, regional poison control services provider. The Center offers a 24/7 emergency hotline staffed by registered nurses and pharmacists with special training in toxicology. Information and treatment advice is available to the public and healthcare professionals at no charge.
Malfunctioning heaters and automobile exhaust can release carbon monoxide gas (CO), a colorless, odorless, tasteless, nonirritating gas. Prolonged exposure to CO can be life threatening. Learn about what to do if CO is detected, how to identify the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, and ways you can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Alert: After a major snowstorm, your car's exhaust pipe may be blocked by snow, causing the gas to back up into the car. To protect yourself and your passengers from carbon monoxide poisoning, avoid being in the car with the engine running.
Poison Safety Topics
The Poison Control Center provides families and educators with helpful information about poisons, potential poisons and hazards in the home and other locations children visit.
- Alcohol and tobacco
- Bee and wasp stings
- Carbon monoxide
- Cough and cold medicine
- Eye exposures
- Foreign bodies (objects not meant to be swallowed)
- Freon gas
- Household cleaners
- Inhalation exposures
- Insect repellents
- Irritating chemicals (caustics)
- Jellyfish stings