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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Tips to Limit Your Exposure to Hazardous Household Chemicals

Household Chemicals

Knowing how to handle household products containing hazardous materials or chemicals can reduce the risk of injury.

  • Save the national poison control number in your cell phone and post it next to landlines in your home (800) 222-1222
  • Keep products containing hazardous materials in their original containers
  • Never store hazardous products in food containers
  • Never use hair spray, cleaning solutions, paint products or pesticides near an open flame
  • Dispose of hazardous materials correctly

If there is danger of fire or explosion during a household chemical emergency:

  • Stay upwind and away from the residence to avoid breathing toxic fumes
  • Recognize and respond to symptoms of toxic poisoning including:
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Irritation of the eyes, skin, throat or respiratory tract
    • Changes in skin color
    • Headache or blurred vision
    • Dizziness, clumsiness or lack of coordination
    • Cramps or diarrhea

For more tips to limit your exposure to hazardous household chemicals, please contact the Carbondale Office of Emergency Management at (618) 457-3234 or visit

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