Household Chemicals

Harmful_Household_Products_864_2097252826Household hazardous wastes like insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil, and other auto fluids can wash into stormdrains and poison aquatic life.

Land animals and people can become sick or die from eating diseased fish and shellfish or ingesting polluted water.

oil-runoff-into-storm-drainSTOP CHEMICAL RUNOFF BY FOLLOWING THESE SIMPLE TIPS:

  • Use organic products (or the least toxic products) available for all projects around your home.
  •  Avoid spilling oil, gasoline, antifreeze, and paint on paved areas or onto the soil.
  • If a chemical spill occurs, clean with rags or absorbent material such as sand or kitty litter.  Sweep up absorbents and dispose of in the trash.
  • Collect all used oil, antifreeze, and other vehicle fluids in containers with tight fitting lids and recycle at a local service station.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste through the local Household Hazardous Waste Program.safety_sign_poison
  • Sweep up all outdoor home repair/construction areas on a regular basis and dispose of debris in the trash.
  • Sweep driveways and sidewalks.  Never use a hose for cleaning, as the water will wash pollutants into storm drains.
  • Pour wash-water or cleaning chemicals down sanitary sinks (or toilets).  Never pour anything down a stormdrain.
  • Store chemicals in leak proof containers inside a building or shed, or under cover.  Do not expose hazardous materials to rainwater.
  • Avoid over-salting walkways and driveways in the winter, and use pet friendly ice melt products whenever possible.
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