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Always be aware of the type of hazard you are bringing into your home or garage. Some hazardous product containers are similar in appearance to food or beverage containers. Children who have not learned to read or adults that have problems with their vision may mistake a container with hazardous material for a food or beverage container.  When using a hazardous material, never leave the material unattended or the container unsecured.

  • Follow the directions on the label.
  • Use proper safety equipment.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher available.
  • Wear protective clothing as necessary.
  • Post emergency numbers near your telephone.
  • Leave products in their original container with labels intact and visible.
  • Do not mix products unless directed to do so by the label’s directions.
  • Use only what is needed. Using twice as much
    product does not mean twice the desired results.
  • If pregnant, avoid any potential exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Many toxic products have not been tested for their effects on unborn children.
  • Avoid wearing soft contact lenses. They can absorb product vapors and damage your eyes.
  • Use products in well-ventilated areas. Work outdoors whenever possible. If working indoors, open windows and use an exhaust fan to blow the air outside rather than re-circulating it indoors. If you feel dizzy or nauseous, take a break and go outside.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while using hazardous products. Traces of hazardous chemicals can be carried from hand to mouth. Smoking can also start a fire if the product is flammable.
  • Clean up after using hazardous products.
  • Seal products and refasten all childproof caps.
  • Do not leave hazardous products unattended.
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