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Cana­di­ans spend a lot of time in­doors, so it’s im­por­tant to en­sure that our homes are safe,healthy places to live. By learn­ing about health hazards that can ex­ist in our homes, we can bet­ter pro­tect our health and the health of our fam­ily and visi­tors.

Did you know that many com­mon house­hold prod­ucts con­tain chem­i­cal sub­stances that can be harm­ful to health? Young chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar need ex­tra care and pro­tec­tion from prod­ucts that con­tain chem­i­cals – they are nat­u­rally cu­ri­ous and don’t eas­ily rec­og­nize hazards.

Here’s a check­list you can post as a re­minder of ways you can pro­tect your­self and fam­ily from un­wanted chem­i­cal hazards:

• I have emer­gency phone num­bers posted near or on my phone.

• I keep chem­i­cal prod­ucts such as clean­ing liq­uids and pow­ders, pol­ishes, drain clean­ers, paint thin­ners, and wind­shield washer flu­ids locked up and away from young chil­dren.

• I make sure that my child-re­sis­tant clo­sures are work­ing.

• I read and fol­low all la­belling in­for­ma­tion care­fully in or­der to use prod­ucts safely and I learn the mean­ings of all warn­ing sym­bols. • I teach chil­dren what haz­ard la­bels mean. • I learn about a chem­i­cal be­fore I use it and look for other op­tions that may be a health­ier choice. • I never mix house­hold chem­i­cals to­gether. • I open win­dows when paint­ing or var­nish­ing. • I change air fil­ters reg­u­larly for things like fur­naces and ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems and cook­ing ex­haust fans. I also en­sure kitchen and bath­room vents send air out­side.

• I keep the door be­tween the garage and the house firmly closed.

• I ask all fam­ily mem­bers and visi­tors to re­move their shoes when com­ing in to keep floors free from harm­ful bac­te­ria and other sub­stances that can be tracked in.

Ev­ery day, count­less fam­i­lies are ex­posed to avoid­able house­hold hazards. By fol­low­ing sim­ple steps, you can help to keep your fam­ily safe and healthy.

More in­for­ma­tion and tips are avail­able at no cost through Health Canada’s Hazard­check guide. Read or or­der copies on­line at HealthyCana­di­ans.gc.ca/ Hazard­check or call 1-800-O-Canada.

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