Though you may think that your family is protected against household chemical dangers, accidents can still occur. In fact, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, an average of three children (ages 14 and younger) die each year due to unintentional poisoning and another 900 are hospitalized with serious injuries.
Which Chemicals Are Most Hazardous?
Here’s a description of the 20 most dangerous chemicals that could be lurking in your home:
How to Make Your Home Safe
To ensure the safety of your loved ones, take extra precautions when storing and handling poisonous chemicals in your home. Use the following tips to protect your family:
- Place the local poison centre contact information next to your phone in case of an emergency. For added protection, program the number into your mobile device as well.
- Store harmful products out of the kitchen and away from food and drinks.
- Read product labels when purchasing new items. If they contain the words caution, warning or danger, be extra cautious when storing and using them.
- Keep chemicals and products in their original packaging so usage and handling instructions remain available.
- Refrain from storing products that may release harmful fumes or catch fire inside your home. These items include paints, solvents, gasoline, fuels and varnishes.
- Check your city or town’s guidelines for instructions on how to dispose of chemicals and other hazardous waste. Never pour chemicals down the drain unless instructed.
Keeping in mind the above tips, youll ensure that you and your loved ones are safe from potentially deadly household chemicals.