Even if we try to reduce the use of hazardous materials in our homes, most of us will never eliminate them from our lives completely. So it's important to understand how to handle hazardous materials safely to minimize the potential risks. The following is a list of guidelines that should be followed for safe Use, Storage, and Disposal of hazardous household products.
Guidelines for Safe Use:
Hazardous product labels contain warnings specific to the hazards of that product. For example, the warning 'Use in a well-ventilated area' might appear on a product that is dangerous if its fumes are inhaled. The statement 'Avoid contact with skin and eyes' might appear on a product that is corrosive or can be absorbed through the skin. A statement such as 'Wash hands before eating' might appear on a product that is hazardous if it is swallowed.
Guidelines for Safe Storage:
Guidelines for Safe Disposal:
Even if you take steps to reduce household hazardous waste, it's likely that at some point you will still have some hazardous materials to dispose of. Pouring hazardous materials on the ground, down the drain, or into a storm drain can pollute drinking water. When hazardous materials are disposed of with household trash, different kinds of chemicals could mix together causing fires, explosions, or toxic fumes. At the landfill, hazardous materials could leach out and contaminate groundwater or surface water.