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Emergency Information

In a poison emergency:
Call 1-800-222-1222
Hearing impaired:
Call 1-866-218-5372

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Emergency Information

If victim is not breathing, start artificial respiration, CALL 911, and then call the Connecticut Poison Control Center even if an ambulance is on the way.

If you suspect someone has been exposed to a harmful substance, disconnect from the web now and call 1-800-222-1222.

Remember, the Connecticut Poison Control Center is only a phone call away at all times, and can save valuable time in an emergency.

DO NOT rely on first aid information found in books or on product labels. This information may be incomplete or outdated. Call 1-800-222-1222 instead.

What to Do First in a Poison Emergency

Inhaled Poison
  • Get the person to fresh air;
  • Avoid breathing fumes while helping;
  • Open any doors and windows;
  • If the victim is not breathing, start artificial respiration and call 911;
  • Call the Connecticut Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 even if an ambulance is on the way.
Poison on the Skin
  • Remove all contaminated clothing;
  • Avoid contaminating your skin while helping;
  • Flood skin with water for 10 minutes;
  • THEN wash skin gently with soap and water, rinse;
  • Call the Connecticut Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Poison in the Eye
  • Flood eyes with lukewarm water. Pour from a large glass held 2 to 3 inches above the eye;
  • Encourage patient to blink while flooding the eyes;
  • Continue flooding eyes for 15 minutes;
  • Call the Connecticut Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Swallowed Poison: Medicine
  • Do not give the patient anything to eat or drink;
  • Call the Connecticut Poison Control Center immediately at 1-800-222-1222.
Swallowed Poison: Household Product
  • Give sips of water to drink immediately unless the patient is unconscious, having convulsions or cannot swallow;
  • Call the Connecticut Poison Control Center for more advice at 1-800-222-1222.