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In an Emergency

1. Call the Poison Center Helpline (1-800-222-1222) if you or another person have been exposed to something that might cause an unwanted and/or unexpected reaction.


2. Remain calm - the majority of poison emergencies can be resolved quickly; over the phone


3. Call 9-1-1 if the person is unconscious or has difficulty breathing.




Tell Us Your Story

Jan 17, 2018
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"Easily crowned as the most active and curious child in the Fredrickson house, Max Fredrickson gave his parents quite the scare one early summer morning. Preparing for a family day at the local farmers market, little Max was found on the kitchen floor with an open bottle of liquid furniture cleaner with residue on his hands and clothes. Unsure if Max had ingested the liquid, his father Tim, grabbed the bottle to look for instructions to help him manage the situation. The bottle instructed him to call the poison center.  Greeted with a polite and reassuring voice, the IPC call center expert helped assuage Tim by giving him simple first aid instructions to help his son. After a little water and a hug, and very minimal symptoms, Max was just as good as new."


A personal story can be a powerful reminder and prevention tool. So tell us your IPC story. Educate us all on how we can learn and improve on our choices and decisions. Your story may one day save someone's life.


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