What comes to your mind when you’re thinking about storage? Is it storage space for household goods? Is it about storing food correctly? Is it about keeping medicine well in the home? All great options to explore, but today we are going to discuss storing hazardous materials safely. There are many ways you can store all of these items and chemicals in a proper way, without making a compromise with your family’s health. This is something you need to have in mind at all times. Thankfully, there are many things you can do about that.
Many households have plenty of dangerous chemicals that could cause accidental disasters like injuries, illnesses to occur. A lot of people make a mistake by overlooking these problems by storing these kinds of items whenever they see fit at the moment. This decision can have a pretty negative effect on the health of people who live in the area. This is why its an absolute must to prepare the area you will dedicate for some this kind of storing and be ready to prepare all necessary things that can have a negative effect on your family’s health.
So, what counts as hazardous? Anything that is corrosive, explosive, flammable, or toxic can be very dangerous. Some of the common examples of hazardous household items are as follows, paint and thinners, batteries, cleaners, aerosols, gas cylinders, ink cartridges, mobile phones, and batteries. Decrease your family’s danger of unintentional poisonings, exposure to the indoor air contamination, and potential fire by safely storage chemical products in your household.
So how do you go about this you might ask, read on to find out.
Indoor Air Pollution
There are many different organic compounds that can be found in many different products. Having all of these into one room could have a negative impact on providing air pollution. This happens in a moment when some of the containers are either damaged or not closed in a proper way. It should be said that many of these products can have some chemicals that have a tendency to evaporate pretty quickly. This occurrence can have a negative influence by causing air pollution. Therefore
Therefore, making sure that the room is ventilated in a proper way is an absolute must. So, it makes perfect sense that when looking for a proper place where you would like to store some of the products you have to consider how you are going to handle air pollution when it occurs, or what you should do in order to prevent it. In case you don’t have any kind of space that you can use for this, you can always rent a storage unit and put all the things inside that for some amount of time.
What about Poisonous Chemicals
Exposing yourself to a high number of chemicals that can be found in many of these products, fluids, paints, substances, and repellents can have a pretty severe effect on human’s health. Some of the paints you can find in many of your local stores can contain a high percentage of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Inhaling these gases and chemicals through the air, and being exposed too much to them, the whole family can be at a risk.
So, it makes perfect sense to store all of these products completely separated from any kind of food. Also, they need to be stored in storage rooms that are pretty far away from cleaning products, or medical supplies. Instead, store them in dark, locked cupboards in indoor temperatures where they are stable. This will also prevent kids from knocking poisonous products over and getting exposed.
There could be a Fire Risk
Maybe you didn’t know, but there are a plethora of flammable liquids that are often misused as products for cleaning. Plus, we can see that a lot of people make the mistake of storing them in the wrong way, by keeping them close to some kind of power or fire source. To promote fire safety, keep flammable products and aerosol cans away from heat sources. So, it makes perfect sense to store this kind of item in a place where you don’t have any kind of power source and that doesn’t have anything similar near it.
But this is not your only solution. Storing gasoline in safety-approved containers, preferably a metal container, red, needs to have some kind of cap to avoid spillage. Ensure they are kept in a well-ventilated area away from all heat sources. As we said, you can put them in some kind of metal containers, or you can put them inside your shed since chances of having a power source inside your shed are pretty minimal. Thankfully, you will be able to store them whenever you would like, just think about completely avoid any kind of power source.
Ensure Your Practice Proper Disposal
When no longer in use, check with the local waste collection service on the best way to dispose of these products. Depending on the location one lives in, your local waste collectors may pick up completely empty tins. Rusting metal cans should be disposed of in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Store substances in their original containers. If items are not in their initial container, clearly label the current box with the product’s name and the date.
Store hazardous products at the eye level. This will enable you to avoid hazardous spills that could occur when recovering a product. If products spill and mix together, explosive reactions may result. This could result in a very dangerous situation. So, you need to do all in your power and invest your best efforts to prevent this from happening.
For example, fertilizers containing ammonium nitrate can be contaminated with motor oil or kerosene—store corrosive, flammable, reactive, and toxic products on separate shelves. As well as storing, you need to think about ways how you will dispose of these products that can accumulate over time.
The right way with storage is just as you have always learned year after year- the good old ‘keep-in-a-cool-dry-place’ and also how can you forget the ‘keep-away-from-children’ instruction? Keep containers dry to prevent corrosion. In case you don’t, some of the chemicals that can be stored in that room can cause a negative effect when combined with the corrosion. Therefore, preventing this from happening can lead you a long way, you be sure of that.
Metal with liquids in the lip of tin cans is a recipe for rust, so if you’re trying to keep paint cans from rusting, plastic wrap is the answer. That’s also how to keep the liquid substance from drying in the can because it’s an extra barrier preventing air from seeping into the tin. But that doesn’t mean that this is the only way you will be able to prevent all of these negative things from happening over some period of time. Don’t forget to clearly label products before storing them, especially if they are not in their original tins.
Make sure that
- flammable fluids are stored away from a heat source,
- acids stored away from alkalis, medicines, and pesticides are stored in a cold place, and
- that pool substances are never deposited in proximity to any kind of fuel.
Ensure to check tins for leaks and damages, especially if you’re storing them on a long-term period.