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What you need to know ABOUT FERTILIZER SA­FE­TY

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Fer­ti­li­zers are like ex­tra food for the plants that Ca­na­da’s far­mers pro­duce. In ad­di­tion to light and wa­ter, plants al­so need nu­trients such as ni­tro­gen, po­tas­sium, phos­pho­rus and sul­phur, which they get from the soil. Be­cause Ca­na­da’s far­mers are so pro­duc­tive, so­me­times the soil needs to be re­ple­ni­shed of these ele­ments so plants can have the food they need. One com­mon way this is achie­ved is th­rough the use of or­ga­nic and in­or­ga­nic fer­ti­li­zers. While in­ar­gua­bly use­ful, in­or­ga­nic fer­ti­li­zers can be dangerous un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances.

WHAT ARE IN­OR­GA­NIC FER­TI­LI­ZERS?

While things like ma­nure and com­post can na­tu­ral­ly fer­ti­lize the soil, so­me­times far­mers need a lit­tle ex­tra help. For that they turn to in­or­ga­nic fer­ti­li­zers, which are mass­pro­du­ced for the pur­pose of re­ple­ni­shing the soil. It would be ve­ry dif­fi­cult, ho­we­ver, to trans­port pure ni­tro­gen, so it usual­ly comes com­bi­ned with other che­mi­cals. Am­mo­nium ni­trate, for example, is a ve­ry com­mon fertilizer that’s al­so ex­tre­me­ly ex­plo­sive un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances. Ma­ny fer­ti­li­zers, in fact, can have po­ten­tial­ly harm­ful ef­fects if not hand­led pro­per­ly.

WHAT ARE SOME SA­FE­TY TIPS FOR FER­TI­LI­ZERS?

• Store fer­ti­li­zers in a dif­ferent area than other che­mi­cals and away from any na­tu­ral wa­ter sources. • Don’t store fertilizer di­rect­ly on the

ground. • Be sure your sto­rage lo­ca­tion is firm­ly se

cu­red to prevent theft. • Clear­ly la­bel your sto­rage fa­ci­li­ty so that eve­ryone knows there are dangerous ma­te­rials in it.

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