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Safety 101: Storing Hazardous Materials in Your Garage

If you are like most people, your garage has become a catch-all for all sorts of items, including hazardous items like cleaning supplies, chemicals, or gas. Improper storing of hazardous materials can become dangerous to inhale, or possibly start a fire. Because many garages are attached to the main house, this could pose a threat and danger to you and your entire family. It is imperative you properly store hazardous materials in order to keep your family and home safe. Click To Tweet 

Properly Storing Hazardous Materials

Don’t wait until an accident or property damage to address your hazardous materials. Here are some safety tips on how to correctly handle and store flammable and hazardous substances in your garage.

Common Hazardous Household Materials

You might not even realize you have hazardous materials sitting in your garage. Here is a list of some of the most common hazardous household materials you might be storing in your own garage.

  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Ammonia
  • Insect killers/sprays
  • Automotive batteries and fluids
  • Anti-freeze
  • Charcoal
  • Butane or propane tanks
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Fertilizers
  • Fluorescent light ballasts and bulbs
  • Gasoline and fuel
  • Lawn and garden pesticide
  • Paint thinner
  • Spray paint
  • Weed killer

Why Proper Storage is Important

The most pertinent issue when it comes to storing hazardous materials is the safety of your family. These items are usually accessible to everyone at the home and accidental inhalation or ingestion could occur. Another reason is that flammable liquids (especially if stored in direct sunlight) can combust and start a fire. If you like to keep your garage door open a lot, do not store these chemicals where they are sitting in the sunshine.

Storage and Handling of Hazardous Materials

With proper storage and handling of hazardous materials, you can use your garage to keep certain substances. Here are some ways to ensure you are properly handling these hazardous materials in your storage area:

Throw Away Unused or Expired Products–Get organized and go through each of the chemicals and materials in your garage. Dispose of anything that has expired or you do not plan to use.

Keep Hazardous Materials in Their Original Container–It is important to keep all materials in their original container so you don’t forget what the product is, and so you know when it has expired.

Keep Your Garage Organized–Be sure to keep your garage nicely organized and all hazardous materials away from children and direct sunlight. The best way to store these items is locked up in a metal cabinet out of reach.

In Case of Emergency–If there is a spill or leak, you should contact poison control or hazardous waste management immediately for assistance.

Storage of Hazardous Materials

Most hazardous materials will have a notice on their container, along with proper storage information. Make sure to read these labels and follow the above advice to keep your family safe and properly store any hazardous materials you might have in your garage.

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