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Safe Chemical Storage and Use

August 22, 2014
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Tips for Safe Chemical Storage and Use

The simple safety checklist:

  • Read the label before purchasing any chemical. Understand the correct use and the dangers posed by the chemical.
  • Choose the least dangerous product that will do the job, especially if children are present.
  • Lock chemicals in a cabinet out of the reach of children. Remember children are curious, inventive and good climbers.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Handle with extreme caution.
  • Use recommended protective equipment: gloves, safety goggles, trousers and long-sleeved shirts are a minimum. Ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Seal chemicals in their original containers.
  • Do not reuse empty containers or repack product in different containers.
  • When recharging car, motorcycle or boat batteries, loosen the caps on the battery cells, ventilate the area, turn off all electrical appliances in the vicinity.
  • Do not mix chemicals.
  • Do not prepare more chemical than you need for the job.
  • Do not use chemicals for jobs for which they are not intended.
  • Do not pour chemicals down the drain, the toilet or the gutter.
  • Do not use tools that generate heat or sparks near flammable items.