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Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are substances which are toxic, corrosive or flammable and capable of causing serious illness or harm to humans, domestic livestock, wildlife or the environment.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Many commonly used household products contain hazardous materials that can pose a threat to people and the environment, especially when handled or disposed of improperly. These potentially hazardous materials are found in every household. Any product that is labeled: WARNING, CAUTION, POISONOUS, TOXIC, FLAMMABLE, CORROSIVE, REACTIVE or EXPLOSIVE should be considered hazardous. The following is a list of some commonly used household products that could pose a potential hazard:

antifreeze lye
batteries mothballs
brake fluid nail polish remover
chemical strippers old propane tanks
chlorine bleach paints
contact cement pesticides
drain cleaners pool chemicals
fire extinguishers prescription drugs
flea collars and sprays solvents
herbicides spot removers
insecticides and insect repellent stains and finishes
kerosene toilet cleaners
lawn chemicalsĀ  used motor oil
lighter fluid oven cleaners


These materials must be used and disposed of properly. Here are some safety measures to follow when disposing of these materials:

DO

  • Buy and use less of the hazardous materials. Try to find non hazardous substitutes whenever possible.
  • Wear gloves and protective clothing to prevent skin contact.
  • Always read and follow directions on the label carefully when using any potentially hazardous materials.
  • Keep hazardous substances out of the reach of children and pets, as well as, away from heat sources or open flame.
  • Keep labels on all your containers.
  • Use non aerosol products in reusable containers.

DON'T

  • Mix materials or wastes together.
  • Dispose of large quantities of any toxic materials in a septic system.
  • Bury or burn containers of leftover materials.
  • Dispose of materials into the storm sewer.
  • Breathe fumes from toxic materials.
  • Buy aerosols, use pump sprays instead
  • Dispose of large quantities in regular garbage.

FOR EMERGENCY ACTION FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIAL POISONING CALL THE WEST VIRGINIA POISON CENTER, EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OR PHYSICIAN FOR ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE IMMEDIATELY!

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ACCIDENTS

The West Virginia Poison Center (WVPC) has expanded to do more than provide information on the treatment and prevention of poisonings. Chemical spills, leaks, fires, and other incidents are a specialty of our poison center. Located in Charleston, the "chemical capital" of the state, the WVPC has up to date information on all chemicals produced in the valley as well as the state. The WVPC is a resource for toxicological information and referral assistance during chemical release accidents. The WVPC is an integral part of the network of agencies that manage and give assistance during a hazardous materials incidents as well as plan emergency procedures. This plan supports hospitals when community people and employees are exposed during a chemical accident.