Most poisonings are unintentional, which means they can be prevented. Educating yourself and your family about poison safety is one step towards preventing a poisoning. The Indiana Poison Center (IPC) is committed to educating families about the potential poisons that can be found in and around their homes.

Children Under 6

Children under the age of six account for almost 50 percent of the human exposures reported to the IPC. This section will provide you with some of the reasons this occurs as well as tips for keeping young children safe. Read more

Children 6-12

A common misconception is that once your children get older, the need for poison prevention completely goes away. While it does decrease, children in this age range have additional risk factors for unintentional poisonings. This section explains why. Read more

Tweens & Teens

Teenagers present an entirely different set of risk factors for poisoning due to new responsibilities and levels of maturity. Visit this section to learn why poison is such a risk to those ages 13-19. Read more

Adults & Seniors

Many individuals believe that they don't need the IPC if they don’t have children in the home. However, adults and seniors are also at risk for poisoning. Here you will learn what the most common risks are for adults and seniors as well as some tips for medicine safety. Read more


Many pet poisonings are caused by household substances that seem perfectly harmless to you. Some of the most dangerous pet poisons are medications we take and foods we eat regularly. Take special care to poison proof your home for your furry friends just as you would for your human friends. Read more