Poisoning: What to Do in Case of Poisoning


Poisoning emergencies can be scary and confusing. Poisoning happens when someone ingests, inhales, or touches various drugs, chemicals, or gases. However don’t worry, The Ambulance Company is here to help you stay calm and take the right steps until help arrives.

Symptoms of Poisoning

The symptoms of poisoning can look like other conditions such as seizures, alcohol intoxication, or even stroke. Be on the lookout for:

  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Burns or redness around the mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Breath that smells like chemicals


If someone has been poisoned, take the following steps:Here’s what you should do if you suspect someone has been poisoned:

1. Identify the Poison:

  • First things first, try to identify the substance that was ingested. Look for containers, labels, or any clues about what was ingested or inhaled. Crucially, do not taste or smell the poison yourself.

2. Call 09155556030 or 09155556040 Immediately:

Don’t wait for symptoms to worsen! Dial The Ambulance Company’s emergency hotline at 09155556030 or 09155556040. Be prepared to tell the dispatcher:

  • The suspected poison (if known)
  • The amount ingested (if possible)
  • The age and condition of the affected person
  • Follow any specific instructions provided by the dispatcher.

3. While Waiting for Help:

While waiting for our team to arrive, stay calm and reassure the person who may be poisoned. Here are some crucial steps to take:

  • Do not induce vomiting unless instructed by a medical professional because it can be dangerous and worsen the situation.
  • If the poison is on the skin or in the eyes, flush the area with clean water for at least 15 minutes. Remove any contaminated clothing.
  • Do not give the person anything to eat or drink unless instructed by a medical professional.
  • For Swallowed poison, Remove any substance remaining in the person’s mouth. If the suspected poison is a household cleaner or other chemical, read the container’s label and follow instructions for accidental poisoning.
  • For Inhaled poison, get the person to fresh air immediately.
  • If the person vomits, turn their head to the side to prevent choking.
  • Begin CPR if the person shows no sign of life.

In addition, Store medications and household chemicals safely and securely, out of reach of children 

Remember: Every poisoning situation is different. These are general guidelines, and it’s always best to be on the side of caution. The Ambulance Company is trained and equipped to handle poisoning emergencies. Calling us immediately at 09155556030 or 09155556040 allows for the fastest and most effective response.