How familiar are you with hazardous chemical safety practices? How many do you implement around the house?
It may be a surprising question, but the fact is that the chemicals you have around the house—solvents, cleaners, products you use in the yard and the garage—can lead to the number one cause of unintentional death: poisoning.
Fortunately, it is quite simple to implement safety practices that will prevent injury due to home chemicals.
Hazardous Chemical Safety Practices
- Store chemicals safely and securely: in their original containers, and in locations where those containers (and the labels upon them) will not deteriorate.
- Never store chemical compounds near food.
- Prior to using a potentially hazardous chemical, read the safety warnings on the label. Most importantly, follow them!
- Have gloves, goggles, and breathing masks on hand in case their you need them when using various household chemicals.
- When using household chemicals, work in a ventilated area.
- Thoroughly wash your hands, and any other part of your body that came into contact with the chemical, after using it.
- Never leave a chemical compound unattended. If you must pause while using one, take it with you when you leave.
- Ensure that children cannot reach any chemical compound.
- You must dispose of different types of chemical compounds differently. If you are unsure of the proper procedure, contact your local waste disposal facility.
Chemicals are a part of every household, and they play an important role. Making sure you know how to handle—and dispose of—hazardous chemicals properly will keep you, as well as everyone who enters your home, safe.
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