Products in Your Garage

Could you tell someone everything you have in your garage that might be a hazardous substance? Or how these hazardous substances are stored? In fact, could you even plan to use these substances in the near future, or are they left over from some project you completed last year or even from the previous owner of your home? The garage is often a repository of products that aren't used or wanted inside the home and many times they are never used again. Yet, the risk of leaving these items in a location that could be reached by a child is considerable. Use the checklist below to guide your garage clean up. And repeat the clean up each year.

  • First, make it a point to buy just what you will need for any planned project.

  • For those items you must keep on hand, invest in a locking storage cabinet or put these products on a high secure shelf that children cannot reach, even by climbing or using a ladder. 

  • Dispose of any products that have been opened but will not be used. Check to see how to dispose of hazardous products in your community.

  • Keep all products in their original containers. And use the approved container for substances such as extra gasoline.

  • Lock your garage when you are not home. You may wish to install a simple “beep” alarm to alert you to when the garage door or door from the house to the garage is opened if you have small children.

  • Clean any spills of hazardous substances. Cat litter is one way to clean some spills, such as lubricants and gasoline. Simply distribute a sufficient amount of the cat litter over the spill, let the liquid be absorbed by the litter, then sweep the litter into an appropriate container for disposal.

  • Repeat your garage check and clean-up at least annually and more often if you use your garage as a workshop or work on your car regularly.


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