You rely on chemicals every day to maintain your property, power your vehicle, and even treat medical conditions. While such chemicals can be beneficial in the correct amounts, they can be poisonous in large quantities. Poisoning can lead to death or injury and requires immediate response.
In many cases, poisoning affects small children who are not old enough to understand the danger. Therefore, you as a caretaker have to know what to do.
1. Call for Help
If the individual is in severe distress, e.g., having seizures, difficult breathing, or is unconscious, you should call emergency services. This is also true in the case of a suspected accidental or intentional overdose of drugs. However, if the person shows no symptoms and is stable, you can call Poison Help. You should be prepared to provide any pertinent information, e.g., if there are bottles present with compromised tamper-evident caps, you should …