Home Safety and Poison Prevention

Each year in the United States, more than 2,200 children die at home from unintentional injuries.

Risk Areas for children

Each year in the United States, more than 2,200 children – or six kids a day – die at home from unintentional injuries. More than 3.5 million more children go to the emergency department for the kinds of injuries that commonly happen in homes. We work in the following areas to help parents create an environment where kids have the freedom to be active, healthy, and safe at home.

Home Safety for Seniors

Falls in and around the home are a top cause of injuries to older adults. Older adults also are at greater risk than others of dying in a house fire. Many of these and other injuries result from hazards that are easy to overlook, but also easy to fix. By spotting these hazards and taking simple steps to correct them, you can prevent injuries to yourself or visitors to your home. Use their checklist to prepare for an emergency and to spot possible safety problems in your home.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Safety for older adults Home Safety Checklist

Poison Prevention

For poison prevention information go to: Minnesota Poison Prevention Tips

  • Immediate Professional Assistance
  • Free of Charge
  • 24/7

Minnesota Poison Center's experts can be reached quickly at 1-800-222-1222 for issues such as:

  • Medication mistakes, drug interactions, or adverse reactions
  • Swallowing something that shouldn’t have been swallowed
  • Inhaling a gas or fumes
  • Eye or skin irritation from substances
  • Food poisoning

The Poison Center can be called even if someone is unsure whether something is dangerous or not.