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spring cleaning rec repost safety

As we transition into spring, an important topic of discussion is chemical safety. Chemicals can be found in many different places; however, they are most commonly located among piles of cleaning supplies and detergents. And as we move into the season of spring cleaning, it is important to understand the safety precautions one should take to avoid accidents and harm when dealing with such chemical compounds.

The first thing to consider when handling chemicals such as cleaning products is ensuring the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The proper PPE can include, but is not limited to, gloves, eye protection and masks. When dealing with certain strong cleaning products, it is important to consider wearing these items to decrease the chance of your skin encountering these potentially harmful chemicals. Often, safety recommendations are labeled on the products.

In addition to PPE, it is paramount to understand what space you are in when using these products. Many of these cleaning products, often in the form of liquids, will evaporate into the air and produce fumes that can pose a risk to your health and safety. This is why it is always recommended to work in a well-ventilated area and to wear a mask if necessary. Also, it is imperative to ensure that the household cleaners you are using will not have any adverse reactions when mixed—this is a common error that often leads to injury. To prevent this, be sure to read the safety warnings labeled on the containers describing the incorrect use of chemicals and their reactants.

With all this in mind, make sure to store these chemicals in a dedicated cool and dry area, away from all pets and children. If you are ever unsure about the product you are using, a quick Google search will lead you to several educational resources such as the CDC or OSHA that may advise you on how to understand and safely handle chemicals. Armed with this knowledge, you too can take greater precautions and protect the health of your loved ones this upcoming spring-cleaning season!

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