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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 follow this link to the City of Aurora web-page on recycling.


Cleaning Products

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

Indoor Pesticides

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

Automotive Products

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

Workshop/Painting Supplies

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

Lawn and Garden Products

  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Fungicides/wood preservatives


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

Other Flammable Products

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