Ask someone about farm chemicals and their first response will probably be pesticides or insecticides. But it’s so much more than that. Gas, diesel fuel, anti-freeze, motor oil, and coolant required for equipment are considered chemicals, as are household products like bleach, bug spray, and toilet bowl cleaner.
Watch for these terms on any container
CAUTION – (yellow) could result inn minor or moderate injury if hazard is not avoided.
WARNING – (orange) could cause serious injury or death if hazard is not avoided.
DANGER – (red) a high probability of serious injury or death if hazard is not avoided.
A few tips to prevent chemical exposure:
• Store chemicals in their original container in a locked area
• Wear personal protective equipment
• Dispose of chemicals and their containers properly
• Be aware of drift and spills when applying chemicals
• Wash clothes worn while applying chemicals separately
• Close all containers and put out of reach of children.
Take five seconds and add this to your cell phone contacts list:
Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
Because when you need it, seconds will count and even Google won’t be fast enough.