Home Hazardous Materials Fire Safety

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Practicing home hazardous materials safety is important in preventing home fires. Many people use chemicals in their homes safely every day, but as the number of chemical products increases, the risk for improper use and injury also increases.

What Are Household Hazardous Materials?

When most of us think of "hazardous materials," we picture trucks full of chemicals, factories, or dumps oozing slime. However, every home can be a warehouse of hazardous materials, containing items such as:

In addition, asbestos or lead paint present in older homes, and mercury in compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), may become exposed during or after a home fire.

Preventing Medical Oxygen Fires

When using medical oxygen, the amount of oxygen in the air, furniture, clothing, hair, and bedding can increase. This means there is a higher risk of both fires and burns because it is easier for a fire to start and spread.

Safety Tips

  • » Never smoke in a home where medical oxygen is used.
  • » Post "No Smoking" signs inside and outside your home to remind residents and guests not to smoke.
  • » Never use a candle, match, lighter, or other open flame.
  • » Never use a fireplace, stove, or other equipment fueled by gas, kerosene, wood, or coal.
  • » Do not allow children to use toys that spark.
  • » Keep oil, grease, and similar petroleum-based products away from oxygen valves. They can cause a spontaneous explosion.

How Can I Make My Home Safer?

Home hazardous materials can pose serious fire, health, or environmental hazards. For these reasons, proper use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials at home is extremely important.

Use and Storage Tips

Disposal Tips

Tips to Avoid a Hazardous Materials Emergency During a Natural Disaster

Follow these tips to help prevent hazardous materials from posing an added danger during a natural disaster:

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