Mr. Yuk 1971



Symbol adopted by the Pittsburgh Poison Center at The Children's Hospital in 1971. Used to educate children and parents about poisons and to prevent accidental poisonings. Mr. Yuk on youtube

Toxicological Perspective

Poisonous substances are affixed with Mr.Yuk symbols in order to warn children of the dangers.


Mr. Yuk was commissioned in 1971 as the mascot for the poison center at The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Stickers were placed on poisonous substances as a warning. Mr. Yuk stickers were used in place of the traditional skull and crossbones image that has become associated with poisons, but no definitive evidence has shown either to be a more effective deterrent