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Prevention

The most common form of poisoning in the UK is from medication.

To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning by medication:

Keeping children safe

Children under 5 years of age have a particularly high risk of poisoning. To reduce the risk for your children:

If you have young children, be extra careful when you have guests to stay or when you go to visit other people. If your friends and relatives don't have children, they may not keep certain items out of reach and their home is unlikely to be childproof.

Keep an eye on your children at all times and politely ask guests to keep items such as alcohol and cigarettes out of their reach.

Read more about preventing accidents to children in the home.

Further information

For more information about preventing specific types of poisoning see: