Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials in Your Home

There are hazardous materials located throughout your home and garage. It is important to ensure that you keep cleaning supplies and chemicals used for maintenance out of the reach of children. Even laundry detergent is poison if swallowed. Store all chemicals as directed and do not mix chemicals that could react. Read all directions completely prior to using the product.

Learn about where you live and what hazardous materials hazards are nearby. If you live near an industrial area, highway, railroad or airport there will be hazardous materials that are transported near you. It is important that you have a plan and go-kit should it become necessary to evacuate. To dispose of hazardous materials, please view our section on recycling.

Hazardous Household Items

  • Bleach (laundry)
  • Cleaning Products
  • Drain cleaners
  • Oven cleaners
  • Pool chemicals
  • Toilet cleaners
  • Tub, tile, shower cleaners
  • Wood and metal cleaners and polishes

Indoor Pesticides

  • Ant sprays and baits
  • Bug sprays
  • Cockroach sprays and baits
  • Flea repellents and shampoo
  • Houseplant insecticides
  • Moth repellents
  • Mouse and rat poisons and baits

Automotive Products

  • Air conditioning refrigerants
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive batteries
  • Carburetor and fuel injection cleaners
  • Fuel additives
  • Motor oil
  • Starter fluids
  • Transmission and brake fluid

Workshop/Painting Supplies

  • Adhesives and glues
  • Fixatives and other solvents
  • Furniture strippers
  • Oil - or enamel-based paint
  • Paint strippers and removers
  • Paint thinners and turpentine
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Stains and finishes

Lawn & Garden Products

  • Fungicides/wood preservatives
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides


  • Batteries
  • Driveway sealer
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Mercury thermostats or thermometers

Other Flammable Products

  • Diesel fuel
  • Gas/oil mix
  • Home heating oil
  • Kerosene
  • Lighter fluid
  • Propane tanks and other compressed gas cylinders