Poisonous Substances Found at Home
When you think of poisonous chemicals, your home is the last place you’ll consider. You may not be storing weapons grade plutonium or any chemical weapons at home, but you’ll be surprised at the dangerous chemicals you are keeping. Some of the most common household items are actually very dangerous. Moreover, they are so common that homeowners rarely think about them as potential health risks. But allow me to keep your guard up to prevent accidents from happening. Here are some of the most common poisonous substances found in your home.
Poisonous substances found in your kitchen and Laundry area:
- Drain cleaners
- Floor cleaners
- Laundry detergent
- Oven cleaners
- Metal cleaners
- Fabric softeners
- Dish-washing liquid
- Insect killers
These poisonous substances are often within reach of anyone (even children and pets). Proper safekeeping of poisonous substances is a key in home safety. Child-proofing and pet-proofing your home is obviously important.
Poisonous substances found in your bedroom:
- Air fresheners and sprays
- Hair styling products and sprays
- Toilet bowl cleaners
- Nail polish and nail polish removers
- Rubbing alcohol
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Soap (liquid or bar)
Even your bedroom has numerous poisonous substances. At first glance some of the items in the list look harmless. But with improper use, they can be dangerous.
Poisonsous substances found in your garage and storage areas:
- Anti-freeze chemicals
- Fertilizers and other gardening supplies
- Gasoline, kerosene and similar products
- Paint and paint thinners
- Brake fluids and other automotive liquids
- Pest control products
- Pool cleaners and supplies
The garage is a treasure cove of poisonous substances. Many of the items we keep here are likewise volatile. Asides from the noxious fumes, they are fire hazards.
10 Tips for home safety against poisoning
Apart from accidental ingestion, skin contact and inhalation of many of these household products are actually life-threatening. As such, here are important tips and reminders:
1. Learn first aid (and hope you don’t have to use it in your home).
2. Keep hazardous materials away from children and pets.
3. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for storage, use and disposal.
4. Label everything for easy identification.
5. Keep volatile substances in air-tight containers.
6. Use the appropriate type of containers for each poisonous item.
7. Post emergency numbers.
8. Educate everyone in your house regarding poisonous products in your home.
9. Set rules regarding handling household products (and implement them).
10. Lock cabinets and drawers that contain dangerous substances.
Perhaps it’s because we are too familiar with these products that we forget the danger they present. Unfortunately, when we let down our guard, accidents can happen. It is imperative that homeowners know how to poison-proof their homes.