Poisoning is a serious and potentially life-threatening emergency, especially in children. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent poisonings and a number to call in case of an emergency. To prevent poisonings, keep all household cleaners, medications, and toxic substances out of reach and in child-resistant packaging. Educate children on the importance of never touching or ingesting unknown substances. In case of an emergency, call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. This hotline is available 24/7 and can provide immediate guidance on how to handle a poisoning emergency. Remember to always keep the number in a prominent place in your home and program it into your phone.