***FOR EMERGENCIES THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION, CALL 911.***
Human Poisoning, call 1-800-222-1222
Animal/Pet Poisoning, call the animal hospital nearest you.
First Aid Information In Case of Pesticide Exposure
If someone has swallowed or inhaled a pesticide or gotten the pesticide in the eyes or on the skin:
- Call 911 if the person is unconscious, having trouble breathing or having convulsions.
- Check the label for directions on first aid for that product.
- Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for help with first aid information.
General First Aid Information
- Swallowed poison. Induce vomiting ONLY if emergency personnel on the phone or the product label tells you to do so. It will depend on what the person has swallowed. Some petroleum products or caustic poisons will cause more damage if the person is made to vomit. Always keep Syrup of Ipecac on hand (1 ounce for each child in the household) to use to induce vomiting if recommended by emergency personnel. Be sure the date is current.
Poison in eye. Eye membranes absorb pesticides faster than any other external part of the body. Eye damage can occur in a few minutes with some types of pesticides. If poison splashes into an eye, hold the eyelid open and wash quickly and gently with clean running water from the tap or a gentle stream from a hose for at least 15 minutes. If possible, have someone else contact a Poison Control Center for you while the victim is being treated. Do not use eye drops or chemicals or drugs in the wash water.
Poison on skin. If pesticide splashes on the skin, drench area with water and remove contaminated clothing. Wash skin and hair thoroughly with soap and water. Later, discard contaminated clothing or thoroughly wash it separately from other laundry on the hottest wash and dry setting.
Inhaled poison. Carry or drag victim to fresh air immediately. If you think you need protection such as a respirator and one is not available to you, call the Fire Department. Wait for emergency equipment before entering the area. Loosen victim's clothing. If the victim's skin is blue or the victim has stopped breathing, give artificial respiration (if you know how) and call 911 for help. Open doors and windows for further ventilation so no one else will be poisoned by fumes.