Many consumers assume that anything they can buy will be safe to use and can be stored at home under “normal” conditions. However, they are ignoring the basics of safe chemical practices that are established to prevent harm to people in their homes. Here are some rules regarding the use and storage of common household cleaners and solvents.
- Consult all labels. Never mix cleaning products (such as combine bleach with ammonia, drain cleaner or vinegar), as the result can produce harmful vapours. Certain chemicals must even be stored separately to avoid combustion or explosion through contact.
- Ensure caps and lids are secure to prevent spills and the evaporation of contents. Keep all household chemicals out of the reach of children (E.g. do not store under sinks, unless childproof)
- Store hazardous materials away from heat and direct sunlight. Heat and sunlight may degrade chemicals and deteriorate storage containers and labels.