Poison Control Home Safety Checklist

Print this out to make it easier to use. Don't forget to post the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) and emergency numbers by every phone in the house.

Kitchen

Household cleaning products are involved in 10 percent of poisonings in children under 6. Keep these items out of children's reach:

  • Carpet/upholstery cleaners
  • Furniture polish
  • Soaps and detergents (especially for dishwashers)
  • Drain cleaners, ammonia, metal and oven cleaners
  • Medicines, especially acetaminophen, aspirin, diet aids, vitamins and iron pills
  • Pet medications
  • Ant/cockroach killers/bait and mouse/rat poison

Bathroom

Medicines are involved in more than 40 percent of poisonings among children and adults. Keep these items out of children's reach:

  • Medications
  • Aftershave lotions
  • Mouthwashes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Deodorizers/sanitizers
  • Shampoo/hair products

Bedroom

Cosmetics and personal care products are involved in more than 12 percent of poisonings in children 6 and under. Keep these items ouf of children's reach:

  • Cosmetics
  • Baby powder
  • Liquid makeup
  • Nail polish and polish remover
  • Deodorants
  • Perfumes and colognes

Laundry room

Bleaches are the most common household cleaning product ingested by small children. Keep these items out of children's reach:

  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Disinfectants

Garage, basement and storage areas

Household chemicals and insecticides are among the most common products that poison adults. Make sure these items are stored safely:

  • Antifreeze
  • Pesticides
  • Gasoline/kerosene
  • Lighter fluid
  • Paint remover/thinner
  • Weed killer
  • Mothballs
  • Fluoride rinses

Living room

Plants are involved in more than 8 percent of poisonings in children under 6. Keep these items out of children's reach: 

  • Plants (check with the Poison Control Center to see if they are poisonous)
  • Cigarette butts, cigarettes
  • Lamp oils
  • Alcoholic beverages

Outdoor plants

  • Azaleas
  • Rhododendrons
  • Pokeberries
  • Holly berries

Reviewed by: Poison Control Center
Date: October 2013