Common Exposures

Resources & Information

Learn about common exposures and poison hazards in our everyday environment and how to prevent or minimize the risk of exposure. Click on the pictures below or the menu link to the left for more information, resources, and safety tips. If you are experiencing a toxic exposure, contact the poison center 1-800-222-1222.  

See our Coronavirus Related Poison Information page for up-to-date information related to unsafe treatments and remedies, as well as hand contaminated hand sanitizer and safe household cleaning reminders. 

A black widow spider hangs in a cobweb
Bites & Stings: Some animal bites and insect stings are poisonous. The poison center can help if you've been bitten or stung.
Environmental & Toxic Air
Environmental Poisons: Air, water and soil can become contaminated with toxins and make us sick. Learn about what to look out for and how to stay safe.
Adult Red Retriever lying on couch
Pet Poisoning: If you think your pet has been in contact with a poison, contact your veterinarian or call an animal poison help hotline: ASPCA Poison Hotline: 1-888-426-4435 | Pet Poison Helpline: 1-855-764-7661.
Emergency entrance sign at a hospital
Drug Poisoning & Overdose: Information, trends and resources about common and emerging drugs of abuse.
Spray bottle and sponge
Household Poisons: Learn about poisoning risks associated with common household products and safety tips for keeping your family safe.
Panther Mushroom in forest
Toxic Plants & Mushrooms: Some plants and wild mushrooms are poisonous to humans and pets. Learn more about natural hazards in the pacific northwest.
ecigarettes and eliquid
E-Cigarettes & Vaping: Learn about poisoning and health risks related to e-cigs and vaping.
pill bottle spilling on counter
Medicine Exposures & Medicine Safety: Information and resources for safe storage, dosing and disposal of over-the-counter and prescription medications.
man hiking in the forest, standing on a rock
Seasonal Hazards: Each season brings a different poisoning hazard, make sure you are aware of the risks.