Questions to Ask

Store Safely

Do you store hazardous household products safely?

• Keep them away from children. A locked, secure place is best.

• Store them in the package, can, or bottle they came in. Never put them in another container (especially one for food or drink)! This helps prevent poisoning and keeps the label instructions with the product.

• Keep containers and packages dry. Close them tightly.

• Set containers inside a plastic bucket in case of leaks.

• Store products at least 150 feet away from your well, cistern, or water pump. This will protect your water supply and your health.

• Keep products away from heat, sparks, or fire.

• Store batteries and flammable chemicals like gasoline in the shade, away from direct sunlight.

Safe Disposal

How do you get rid of leftover products?

• Share the extra with someone who will use it up.

• Take leftovers to a community hazardous waste collection point. Ask your local or state health department where this is.

• Some products—like pesticides—are very hazardous. You will even need to be careful how you dispose of the container. The label will tell you what to do.

• Never dump or burn hazardous products on your property. Dumping or burning them near a water supply is very dangerous.

Never burn hazardous wastes in a barrel or stove. Burning may let off toxic gases and make hazardous ash and smoke. And, it's against the law in many states.

Recycle used motor oil or antifreeze. Many communities have places for you to do this.

Mercury is a threat to health. Products that have mercury in them are fluorescent bulbs, thermometers, thermostats, and blood pressure meters. Call your local trash department or health department to find out where to recycle products with mercury.

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