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Poison Prevention

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Poison Prevention


Child Safety Link works with the IWK Regional Poison Centre to help educate Maritime communities about poisoning prevention. Children aged 5 years and younger are more at risk for poisonings because they like to explore the world by putting things in their mouths.


What is a poison?

A poison is something that can make you sick if you swallow it, taste it, smell it, get it on your skin, or get it in your eye. A poison can be a drug or a non-drug substance.


Child Safety Link recommends the following measures to help prevent poisonings in your home:


If you know or even suspect that your child has eaten a poison, it is best to call for advice immediately. 

In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, call the IWK Regional Poison Centre at 1-800-565-8161 or (902)470-8161. In New Brunswick, call 911.  The IWK Regional Poison Centre is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as a confidential source of information on poisons and poison exposures for both children and adults. 


Helpful links:


Poison Prevention Resources

The following resources will provide you with the top tips for keeping your children safe from poisonings.


Poison Look-alikes in the Home
Keeping Kids Safe Around Cannabis
Blog: The Poison Purse – Be Wary of the Poison You May Carry
Infographic: Home Safe Home: Poison Dangers in the Home    en français
Brochure: Not all Poisons Are Found in a Bottle: Helping Parents Keep Their Children Safe from Poisonous Plants      en français

CSL Blog: Edible Hazard: Cannabis Food & Your Child’s Safety

Infographic: Cannabis Food (March 2019)

CSL Backgrounder: Cannabis Legalization, Cannabis Edibles & Unintentional Poisonings in Young Children


Poison Prevention Videos 

The following public service announcements are related to poisoning prevention:

Change the way you think about poisons: Cannabis Food and Liquid Nicotine – CTV Atlantic Morning Live interview with CSL and IWK Regional Poison Centre, March 2019

What to know about Kids and Cannabis – CTV Atlantic Morning Live interview with CSL and IWK Regional Poison Centre, October 2018

Preventing Children’s Medicine Poisoning (CTV)

Children Act Fast, So Do Poisons (CTV)

How to prevent children’s poisonings in the home (Rogers Cable)


Other helpful links:

Parachute (formerly Safe Kids Canada) Position Statement on Poison Prevention (2012)

Position sur la prévention des empoisonnements (Parachute/ SécuriJeunes Canada (2012)