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Fire department reminds of household chemical safety hazards

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – With many El Pasoans doing their spring cleaning, the El Paso Fire Department is reminding residents to be safe with household chemicals.

Fire officials say the chemicals can harm your health and the environment.

The department suggests following the these tips to keep you and your family safe:

  • Only buy the amount of product that you need.
  • Follow the label’s instructions on storage, use, and disposal.
  • Do not mix products; it can create toxic gases or cause a fire.
  • Wear gloves and goggles when handling chemicals.
  • Store products in their original containers, away from children and pets.
  • Flammable materials should never be stored in the sun, near an open flame or any heat source.
  • The use of safety locks and guardrails on shelves and cabinets can prevent chemicals from falling or tipping.
  • Gasoline containers outdoors should be filled on an open area with the container placed on the ground
  • Aerosol cans might contain chemicals that can burn. If you put them in the trash, they can explode or start a fire.
  • Clean up any chemical spill immediately. Wear gloves and eye protection. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on how to clean up a spill. 
  •  If someone has been exposed to a household chemical, contact 911 immediately.
  • If there is danger of fire or an explosion, evacuate immediately and call 911 from a safer location.

Residents are urged to take their used oil, paint, solvents, anti-freeze, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, de-greasers, cleaning fluids, pesticides, polishes, charcoal fluid, and cooking oils to one of the city’s four Citizen Collection Stations.

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