Know Your Hazards

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Household Hazardous Chemical Examples

  • Aerosol Cans (including hairspray and spray deodorant)
  • Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover
  • Cleaning Products and Furniture Polish
  • Pesticides and Bug Spray
  • Automotive Products (like antifreeze or motor oil)
  • Miscellaneous Items (like batteries, mercury thermometers, fluorescent light bulbs, etc.)
  • Flammable Products (like kerosene, heating oil, propane tanks, lighter fluid, etc.)
  • Workshop and or Painting Supplies (such as paint thinner and turpentine)
  • Lawn and Garden Products (such as herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides)




Household Hazardous Chemical Safety Tips

  • Only store household chemicals in places children can't get to them. Lock or childproof cabinets and storage areas if you have children in your home.
  • Keep products containing hazardous materials in their original containers and never remove the labels unless the container is corroding. Corroding containers should be repackaged and clearly labeled.
  • Never store hazardous products in food containers.
  • Never mix household hazardous chemicals or waste with other products. Some chemicals, such as chlorine bleach and ammonia, may react, ignite or explode.
  • Never use hair spray, cleaning solutions, paint products or pesticides near an open flame.
  • Clean up any chemical spills immediately. Allow the fumes in the rags to evaporate outdoors, then dispose of the rags by wrapping them in a newspaper and placing them in a sealed plastic bag in your trash can.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials correctly.