Posted by: Green Knight | April 13, 2010

New Interview

the magazine “Community Health” just sent me their April issue featuring a sidebar with my comments. the article, “Home is where the Hurt Is,” is all about household hazards, and focuses mainly on physical hazards like falls, fires, and the like, but Allecia Vermillion was nice enough to give me my own page. here’s the text:

CHEMICAL SAFETY: Protect your family from dangers that lurk beneath the sink

Even people who take on-the-job safety seriously can make stupid mistakes when it comes to household chemicals, says Bob Carlson, who teaches hazardous waste and environmental quality classes for businesses and government agencies in St. Louis.

But the cleaners and cleansers you use every day at home can be just as hazardous as anything you handle at work, Carlson says.  Here’s how to protect your family from common chemical dangers.

* Review product safety warnings and know when something is “flammable,” “hazardous,” or “toxic.”

* Never mix bleach with another cleanser. People think, “This stuff works good, and this stuff works good.  Why don’t I mix them together?”  If you do, you risk a combination that could release poisonous chlorine gas, Carlson says.

*Wear gloves, even for routine cleaning.  The pH of standard toilet bowl cleaner “is about as corrosive as you can get,” Carlson says.

* If you wouldn’t inhale it or ingest it yourself, don’t spray it around your pet.  Never use Lysol to clean the litter box or apply chemical cleaners to your pet’s dish.

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Responses

  1. i’d add that splash goggles are a great idea when cleaning that toilet. i’ve seen photos of eyeballs that got corrosives in them, and it isn’t pretty. also, a lot of guys use noisy equipment and fail to use hearing protection, and hearing loss doesn’t grow back, but it creeps up so gradually that people don’t realize they’re losing it until they’re in trouble. also, eye protection in the garage is very important due to flying particles when sawing, grinding, etc. at least most home welders know to use a visor, but make sure it’s the right type for the job.


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