Common Poisons

Poisonous substances can be found in a variety of places. They can easily be found in and around your home, at work, in public places – places that you would least expect. Many of the calls received by the Ontario Poison Centre are about children who have swallowed, touched, or breathed in a poisonous product, but adults are at risk for poisoning too! It is important to understand the potential dangers of the products and substances that you and your family come in contact with on a regular basis.

Household cleaners

Current Top 10

The Ontario Poison Centre regularly determines "Top 10" lists, identifying the top ten most common types of exposures managed by the Specialists in Poison Information.

Medicines

Medicines are the most common substance that we are contacted about. They include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, as well as natural or herbal remedies and vitamins.

Mushrooms

Eating mushrooms that you have found growing outdoors can be extremely dangerous. Eating even small parts of some mushrooms can cause sickness and death.

Plants

The Ontario Poison Centre receives many calls about children who have touched or eaten a plant that may be poisonous. To help you keep your children safe follow our plant safety information.

Snakes

Ontario has one venomous snake indigenous to various parts of the province. Learn more about snakes of Ontario and what to do in case of a bite!

Winter and Holiday Season

Many of us look forward to the holiday season. It is important in this busy season to remember the dangers that your family may encounter in the Winter season.