Did you know the average household contains between 3 and 10 gallons of hazardous material at all times? This can be a threat to the health and indoor air quality of the home.

How do hazardous materials enter your home?  They can enter in the form of cleaners, bleach, oil, light bulbs, paints, batteries, medicines, mercury-containing materials and other household items loaded with potentially harmful chemicals.

So how can you keep your home free from these materials?

First, you need to identify the hazardous materials in your home. They come in three forms:

Solids (i.e. rat poison),

Liquids (bleach, gas, antifreeze, drain cleaners.),

Gases (such as natural gas or propane).

The most important thing you can do to help make your home safer and avoid the dangers of hazardous materials is to store all hazardous materials properly.

Always keep hazardous materials in the original container with the label for future reference.

Follow all manufacturer suggestions for storage temperatures.

Store flammables away from the home, any sources of flame or heat, and out of direct sunlight.

Watch for fumes or other signs that the materials are not behaving properly. If you do detect fumes, wear a face mask, remove the leaking material, and ventilate the storage area properly to rid it of all dangerous toxins.

Only purchase what you need when you need it.

To further reduce your risk, look for safer alternative products like natural cleaners, mouse traps and paints.

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