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North Haven Fire Department Reminds Residents of Household Chemical Safety During Spring Cleaning

Chief Paul Januszewski and the North Haven Fire Department would like to provide safety tips surrounding the use and disposal of household chemicals as spring cleaning begins.

The North Haven Fire Department would like to remind residents that while they conduct spring cleaning, they should be mindful that chemicals used in homes can be dangerous to people’s health and the environment.

To keep your family safe, follow the U.S. Fire Administration’s safety tips for when you use and store household chemicals:

  • Always follow the instructions on the label when you use and store household chemicals.
  • Don’t mix products as they can result in deadly gases or cause a fire.
  • Store products in their original containers and make sure to store anything flammable away from your home. Products should also be kept away from children and pets.
  • Use safety locks and guardrails on shelves and cabinets when you store
    materials. This will prevent them from falling or tipping.
  • Wear gloves or goggles when you use chemical materials.
  • Only fill portable gasoline containers outdoors in an airy area. Make sure to
    place the container on the ground when you fill it.
  • Never store materials that can cause a fire in the sun or near an open flame
    or heat source.
  • Try not to breathe in product fumes. When cleaning with chemicals be sure to open a window or door to ventilate the room you are cleaning.
  • Do not mix ammonia with bleach, vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Additionally, do not mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar.

When disposing of any products, community members should be mindful of the following:

  • Aerosol cans might contain chemicals that can burn. If you put them
    in the trash, they can explode or start a fire.
  • Any oil-soaked rags should be placed with water and detergent in a metal container with a tight lid, such as a paint can, and kept in a cool place away from direct sunlight. The container can be disposed of at a home hazardous waste collection event.
  • If you have a spill, clean the area and put the containers in an airy
    place. If you cannot control the spill, or are unsure about cleanup and
    disposal, call your local fire department.

For more information about spring cleaning safety tips, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s site here.

Safe and Free Disposal of Hazardous Waste

North Haven residents can dispose of household hazardous waste for free at the Regional Water Authority’s (RWA) HazWaste Central headquarters, 90 Sargent Drive, from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays only, from May 21 through Oct. 29.

Preregistration is required before arrival. Residents can visit to register and for more information, or call 203-401-2712.

Some of the household wastes that can be dropped off include aerosol cleaners and sprays, antifreeze, oil-based paint and pool chemicals. Click here for a complete list of items that can be brought to the permanent center.