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Home Hazardous Materials

Home hazardous materials can pose a significant fire risk if not properly handled and stored.

Home hazardous materials can pose a significant fire risk if not properly handled and stored. These materials, ranging from cleaning chemicals to cooking fuels and even electronics, can ignite easily and burn quickly, leading to potentially disastrous consequences. It is crucial to understand the potential dangers associated with these materials and take appropriate steps to prevent fires from occurring within the home. In this article, we will explore some key tips for fire prevention and safety when dealing with home hazardous materials, including proper storage and disposal techniques, as well as the importance of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. By taking these precautions, we can help ensure the safety of ourselves and our loved ones within the home.

Home Hazardous Materials

Use and Storage

    • Follow the instructions on the label when you use and store household chemicals.
    • Only fill portable gasoline containers outdoors in an airy area. Make sure to place the container on the ground when you fill it.
    • Wear gloves or goggles when you use these materials.
    • Don’t mix products. This can cause deadly gases or cause a fire.
    • Store products in their original containers out of the reach of children and pets. Store anything that can catch on fire away from your home.
    • Never store materials that can cause a fire in the sun or near an open flame or heat source.
    • Use safety locks and guardrails on shelves and cabinets when you store materials. This will prevent them from falling or tipping.

Chemicals and other hazardous materials used in homes can be dangerous to people’s health and the environment. It’s important that residents follow product instructions when using, storing, or disposing of home hazardous materials to prevent fires and unintentional poisoning.

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When you need to throw them out

    • Follow the instructions on the label when you need to throw a product out.
    • Aerosol cans might contain chemicals that can burn. If you put them in the trash, they can explode or start a fire.
    • If you have a spill, clean the area and put the containers in an airy place. If you cannot control the spill, or are unsure about cleanup and disposal, call the fire department.
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