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In the United States, expert advice from a regional poison control center may be obtained by calling 1-800-222-1222. If cyanide poisoning is suspected, emergency medical personnel should be contacted immediately (dial 911).

Where Cyanide Is Found | CYANIDE INSIGHT
Cyanide is found in many objects. Knowing the causes of cyanide poisoning and where it can be found may help prevent exposure to cyanide inhalation.

Know the Threat You Can’t See

Where is cyanide found?

Cyanide is used in more than 15,000 manufacturing plants across the United States that produce many items that can end up in our homes. In addition, it can be found in building construction materials, vehicle interiors, and residential and commercial furniture, among other things.2 However, these objects pose very little threat for cyanide poisoning unless they are burned and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and similar toxins like carbon monoxide (CO), are released. Although the inhalation of HCN is the most common form of cyanide poisoning, exposure can happen by ingestion or even through dermal exposure.4

Objects with cyanide may be dangerous when burned and HCN is releasedImmediate medical attention should be given if symptoms of cyanide poisoning are present

What are the symptoms of cyanide poisoning?

Awareness of the presence of cyanide is the first step in fighting potential poisoning. Poisoning through inhalation can be difficult to detect. If you notice evidence of involvement in a closed-space fire — soot around the mouth, nose, or back of mouth, and/or marked confusion and dizziness — an individual may have been exposed to cyanide and should be given medical attention.3

Did you know?

Cyanide’s danger can be found
in gas, liquid, and solid forms. Because
cyanide is present in 15,000 industrial
plants, it meets the criteria for a favored
chemical weapon.2,4