Even the most sparingly used household cleaning products can pose a threat to families that fail to store them safely. While these products are extremely effective in disinfecting and maintaining a clean home, they’ve been known to cause serious harm to young children and pets of families who weren’t cautious enough. Most families may think they’ve got a tight lid on their household chemical product storage, but this post will provide a breakdown of the safest storage strategies for families that aren’t protected.
It’s worth noting that unless your family has many young children brimming with curiosity, a balance between safety and convenience will cut it. Those families with the youngsters are more prone to risk which means some products should be more considerately stored. For most families, products like disinfectant wipes, kitchen soaps, Swifter pads and the like can all be safely stored in accessible locations around the home. The much more hazardous products should always be stored specifically away from the wrong hands or paws. These products include bleach, toilet and drain cleaners, paint thinner and anything else known to be life threatening.
Often times the safest way to store these products are through designated safe spaces around the home predicated on the information within the label of the product. Each of these chemical products include a label that breakdown their make-up and the safety information coupled with instructions on how to properly use the product. For more hazardous products, there will be clear precautions dedicated to young children. Always consult the label first when deciding where these products should be stored. Also, parents must remember that these labels will fade. Any critical information should be documented as to avoid losing it.
For parents worried about how these products can impact their children, alleviating risk is made possible through a minimalistic approach. Avoid allowing an excess of these hazardous products to build. Limit purchases of these goods, regardless of deals, so that there isn’t a buildup. Families can also create designated spaces to store their more hazardous products, or create their own storage caddies to hide these products more conveniently. Regardless of the solution, always prioritize keeping the younger children and pets safe with any decision. If you’re interested in learning more about how these strategies can help reduce the risk associated with these products, be sure to take a moment to review the infographic paired alongside this post.
Author bio: Lynn Place is Vice President of Marketing for SolvChem Custom Packaging Division. She has 30 years of professional experience in the manufacturing industry and specializes in consumer packaged goods, new product development and strategic planning.Dangerous Products, SolvChem Custom Packaging Division