Use and Storage of Home Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials in the home can take many forms, from pesticides to cleaning supplies. We want you to know how to keep safe when using and storing them. An average of 1,700 fires every year are caused by spontaneous combustion or chemical reaction, and so it is important to know how to keep you and your family safe when interacting with hazardous materials. 

  • When using chemicals in the home, follow the instructions on the label for both use and storage. 
  • Only fill portable gasoline containers outdoors and in an airy area, placing the container on sturdy ground when filling. 
  • Wear protective gear when using household chemicals like gloves or goggles. 
  • Do not mix products, especially those that you do not know the interactions to. You can create deadly gasses or cause a fire if they react negatively together. 
  • Store products in their original packaging and out of the reach of children or pets. 
  • Never store materials that are flammable in the sun or near a heat source. This can cause combustion.