For accidental hazardous material poisoning, call 1-800-222-1222 immediately.
Know what is hazardous
- Household cleaners
- Personal hygiene products
- Pool and garden chemicals
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Automotive and paint products
Why should I be concerned with hazardous materials?
- To protect your family and pets
- To protect the environment
- To reduce waste accumulation
- To minimize disposal hazards
What to do when buying hazardous materials
- Read the label carefully.
- Buy only as much as you need.
- Use all materials for their intended purposes.
- Keep those products separate from groceries.
- Store in a safe place.
- Periodically examine the condition of the container or packaging of these products.
- Be aware of the uses and dangers of these products. Contact manufacturer or dealer if use directions are unclear. If unsuccessful, call the poison center for advice.
- Keep unused products in their original containers for directions to follow and list of contents for reference in case of accidental poisoning.
Know how to dispose of unused hazardous materials
- Hazardous materials must NOT be thrown in garbage cans.
- Hazardous materials must NOT be flushed into drains or toilets.
- Hazardous materials must NOT be burned.
- While most packages of commercially available products offer adequate instructions on the storage and use of these potentially harmful materials, they rarely contain instructions on how to properly dispose of them.
If hazardous material spills
- Call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for advice.
- Local fire departments, waste management and disposal companies also may office advice or assistance.
This page has a list of useful phone numbers and websites that have more information on where and how to recycle or dispose of hazardous materials and unused medicines.
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