Yard Chemical Safety

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

yard chemicalsStoring chemicals at home can be tricky. Not only do you have to keep them at a safe location, but where you can easily access them. Let’s look at how you can ensure yard chemical safety:

Storing Dangerous Chemicals

One of the biggest concerns is storing dangerous chemicals. Kids are at risk of being exposed to chemicals stored at home. This is why it is important to make sure the chemicals are in a safe place and away from the reach of children. In addition, this location should be safe for the chemicals. Certain chemicals require a specific temperature for storage. If the temperature rises, the chemical may explode. So, you may require temperature controlled storage which is childproof.

Propane Tanks Require Extra Care in Storage

Propane is one such chemical which can explode if not stored properly. It is an odourless gas that is highly flammable. It is stored in cylinders and compressed. Within the cylinder, the gas is in liquid form. But as it is released, it turns to gas. Propane tanks need to be stored in a temperature controlled location. If the cylinder heats up excessively the liquid could turn to gas. This would result in a serious explosion. One thing that you absolutely have to adhere to is keeping the propane tank away from direct sunlight. Sunlight and heat could cause the tank to blow up.

Storing Pesticides in a Safe Location

Pesticides need to be stored at an elevated location. This is because they are highly toxic and could prove to be fatal if swallowed. There are many homes where children play in the garage as well. If you are storing such chemicals in the garage, you need to make sure that they are stored out of children’s reach. A great way to achieve this is to construct racks or cabinets. For optimum safety you can insulate these cabinets. You will then be able to store all types of chemicals here. If you install a lock on the cabinet, you will be sure that kids cannot access the chemicals. The cabinet location should be such that kids cannot reach it.

Containers for Storing Dangerous Chemicals

Most people use low-grade containers for dangerous chemicals. If these chemicals are stored in low-grade containers, there is a good chance that they will leak. Make sure that the chemicals are stored in a sturdy and safe container.

To make sure that your yard is safe from chemicals, follow these tips.