Cleaning Household Chemicals.
Cleaning products that sit idly around the house in cupboards, bathrooms, the garage or basement contain chemicals that can cause accidents when used or mixed incorrectly.
Although workplaces require large amounts of chemical substances, the safety principles still apply at home where small amounts of chemicals are used.
For instance, in most homes, chemical hazard comes from detergent cleaners.
Their packages are usually appealing to toddlers who might end up ingesting them. Most children under the age of five are vulnerable to injuries caused by household chemical products.
This is why it is important to maintain a safe environment, especially at home.
But just how do you maintain a safe environment at home and what are the best practices for safe chemical disposal and storage?
This article contains a couple of safety tips that can get you started on your journey towards creating a safe home or work environment.
Always read the labels carefully
Everyone of those household products comes with instruction on how to use them.
Each product is required to have labels and guides on safe usage with warning signs of possible hazards. Be sure to carefully go through the bordered labels where there are instructions for first aid treatment in case of an emergency.
Also, take the time to learn the meaning of the different hazardous labels in the package to improve the safety of your family.
These labels should remain visible to maintain household chemical safety.
Safe storage of household chemical products
First things first, household chemical products need to be stored in a separate container according to the instructions of the specified product.
It should be an obvious knowledge that household chemical products need to stay out of children’s reach for safety reasons.
If a product releases dangerous fumes or is flammable make sure it is safely stored outside the house in a well-ventilated area.
Carefully use of household products especially when the kids are around
It is very important to be cautious when mixing household chemical products as there are some products that can release poisonous gases when mixed.
Always make sure that you have child-resistant closures that work in order to keep your kids safe.
It is also recommended to teach your kids about the hazard symbols so that they understand the dangers that chemical products pose.
Safely dispose of leftover chemical products
You should make a habit of only buying enough products, that way you have fewer leftovers and you save money.
By buying only the required amount, you will be able to reduce wastage and maintain safety.
You should also check your city’s laws and guidelines to know whether your chemical disposal methods are legal or safe.
In general to enable household chemical safety, always keep kids toys, and pets at a distance from chemicals.