The household hazardous products we use make our lives easier and more convenient. We do not need to stop using these products completely. Informed householders who are concerned about the health and the environmental risks associated with hazardous products can take steps to minimize these risks and protect themselves, their families and the environment. These steps include use reduction, waste reduction and proper disposal of unwanted materials.
Once a household hazardous product is in your home, safe use and proper storage will greatly reduce the health and environmental risks associated with exposure to these chemicals. Following label directions, using only the amount needed, wearing protective clothing and using products in well ventilated areas are ways to reduce risk while using hazardous chemicals. Storing products in locked cabinets, keeping stored products away from heat, sparks, or flames, making sure lids and caps are tightly sealed and childproof and keeping containers dry are all ways to ensure proper storage of these products. If you choose to buy products that contain hazardous ingredients, ensure their safe usage and proper storage.
Because of the potential risks associated with household hazardous chemicals/wastes, it is important that people always use, store and dispose of materials containing hazardous substances safely by following these tips.
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