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Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals

Most homes in America have products that could be poisonous, especially for pets and children. These include things that are used outside to take care of the lawn, garden, pools and spas.


Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • Read the labels of products you buy and keep in your home. If you see the words, “Caution,” “Warning,” “Danger,” “Poison” or “Keep Out of Reach of Children,” be very careful.
Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • Store poisons in a place where children cannot see or touch them. Use child safety locks. Here are some examples of products to keep locked up: pesticides, automotive fluids, charcoal lighter, paint thinner, antifreeze, and turpentine. Ideally, hazardous products should be stored in a locking cabinet.
Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • Keep products in the container they came in. Do not put them in a different bottle or jar.
Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • Do not mix products together because their contents could react together with dangerous results.
Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • When using harsh products, follow directions. For example, use gloves, eye goggles and masks if the label says so.
Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • Pesticides to kill bugs, mice and rats are extremely dangerous. If possible, have a professional help you.
Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • Mix insect sprays outdoors, away from areas used by your family and pets.
Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • Pool chemicals are poisonous and can catch on fire. Store and use pool chemicals according to the manufacturer’s directions. Keep them tightly covered in the containers they came in. Keep them dry and away from other chemicals and products.

Use Gasoline Safely

Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • Gasoline is very dangerous inside a home or garage. Gasoline vapors can explode with just a tiny spark.
Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • It is best not to keep gasoline at home. If you must keep some, use a special safety container.
Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • If you can, keep the container in an outdoor shed away from your home. Close all the openings.
Home Safety - Outdoor Poisons & Chemicals
  • Never bring or use gasoline indoors. Use it as motor fuel only.
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