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Reading Labels helps
- Senior spend more time indoors than perhaps any other age group so it's important to have a healthy indoor environment. There are some common household substances that can be hazardous to health. For example, mixing some cleaning products together can be deadly.
- Careful reading and an understanding of the warning labels on products containing hazardous substances can help to remove or reduce the risks.
- Empowered with key information, seniors can improve safety at home for themselves and their visitors, by finding out more about handling, storing, and disposing of common chemical products, like paints, varnishes, glue, and cleaning products.
Here are some tips:
- Always read labels carefully to ensure hazardous items are used, closed and stored properly.
- Choose low-emission products when buying paints, varnishes, glues, etc.
- Ensure proper ventilation. Open your windows when using products like paints, varnishes, paint strippers or cleaning products to reduce lingering fumes. Clean furnace filters regularly and ensure household appliances such as clothes dryer vent to the outside.
- Dispose of chemicals safely. Get information on how from your local municipality.
- Be proactive. Simple things like wearing gloves when using chemical products, removing shoes and boots when entering your home, and properly storing hazardous substance will help protect your health and safety.
Health Canada has a very helpful guide to handling home hazards called Hazardcheck, which you can order by calling 1800-O-Canada or by visiting http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/Hazardcheck.
Source: Help's Here! Resources for Seniors and Caregivers. Fall/Winter 2104. page 92