decided on this project because I know someone who had gotten a hold of some
liquid soap when she was very little and swallowed some. For days afterward she was sick and it
worried a lot of people who knew her.
If her parents had known about the effects of liquid soap, what kind of
harm it could cause, and how to store it away from her properly, the accident
and agony probably would have been avoided.
plan is to educate and inform people by passing out information on preventive
measures and safely storing toxins with my neighborhoods local newspaper.
you should be aware of.
This came to us in an e-mail. We haven’t verified any of this information.
Our purpose is to call your attention to this information. If you use any of
the following and are concerned, you may verify this information next time you
go to the store. Do a search on the internet. You may find some interesting
“10” KILLER HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS
AIR FRESHENERS: Most
air fresheners interfere with your ability to smell by coating your nasal
passages with an oil film, or by releasing a nerve deadening agent. Known toxic
chemicals found in an air freshener: Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known
carcinogen. Phenol: When phenol touches your skin it can cause it to swell,
burn, peel, and break out in hives. Can cause cold sweats,
convulsions,circulatory collapse, coma and even death!!
It is a very volatile chemical, it is very damaging to your eyes, respiratory
tract and skin.
It is a strong corrosive. It will irritate or burn the skin, eyes and
respiratory tract. It may cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if
ingested. WARNING: never mix bleach with ammonia it may cause fumes which can
CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY SHAMPOO: Most formulas are designed to over power the stain itself,
they accomplish the task but not without using highly toxic substances. Some
include: Perchlorethylene: Known carcinogen damages liver, kidney and nervous
system damage. Ammonium Hydroxide: Corrosive, extremely irritable to eyes, skin
and respiratory passages.
DISHWASHER DETERGENTS: Most products contain chlorine in a dry form that is highly
concentrated. # 1 cause of child poisonings, according to poison control
Most drain cleaners contain lye, hydrochloric acid or trichloroethane. Lye:
Caustic, burns skin and eyes, if ingested will damage esophagus and stomach.
Hydrochloric acid: Corrosive, eye and skin irritant, damages kidneys, liver and
digestive tract. Trichloroethane: Eye and skin irritant, nervous system
depressant; damages liver and kidneys.
Petroleum Distillates: Highly flammable, can cause skin and lung cancer. Phenol:
(see Air fresheners, Phenol.) Nitrobenzene: Easily absorbed through the skin,
MOLD AND MILDEW CLEANERS: Chemicals contained are: Sodium hypochlorite: Corrosive,
irritates or burns skin and eyes, causes fluid in the lungs which can lead to
coma or death. Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known carcinogen. Irritant to eyes,
nose, throat, and skin. May cause nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness,
memory loss and shortness of breath.
OVEN CLEANER: Sodium
Hydroxide (Lye): Caustic, strong irritant, burns to both skin and eyes.
Inhibits reflexes, will cause severe tissue damage if swallowed.
ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANERS: may contain: Triclosan: Absorption through the skin can be
tied to liver damage.
LAUNDRY ROOM PRODUCTS: Sodium or calcium hypocrite: Highly corrosive, irritates or
burns skin, eyes or respiratory tract. Linear alkylate sulfonate: Absorbed
through the skin. Known liver damaging agent. Sodium Tripolyphosphate:
Irritates skin and mucous membranes, causes vomiting. Easily absorbed through
the skin from clothes.
TOILET BOWL CLEANERS: Hydrochloric acid: Highly corrosive, irritant to both skin and
eyes. Damages kidneys and liver. Hypochlorite Bleach: Corrosive, irritates
or burns eyes, skin and respiratory tract. May cause pulmonary edema, vomiting
or coma if ingested. Contact with other chemicals may cause chlorine fumes
which may be fatal.
NASTY THINGS THAT ARE AROUND YOUR HOME
Most pesticides have ingredients that affect the nervous system of insects.
Imagine what these extremely poisonous chemicals do to your body or your
baby’s. Dimpylate: Better known as Diazinon, extremely toxic. Impairs the
central nervous system. Chlorinate Hydrocarbons: Suspected carcinogen and
mutantagen. Accumulates in food and in fatty tissue. Will attack the nervous
system. Organophosphates: Toxic and poisonous. If you can smell it, your lungs
are absorbing it.
FLEA POWDERS: Why
put toxins on “man’s (or woman’s) best friend.” Carbaryl: Very toxic,
causes skin, respiratory and cardiovascular system damage. Chlordane:
Accumulates in the food chain, may damage eyes, lungs, liver, kidney and skin.
Dichlorophene: Skin irritation: May damage liver, kidney, spleen and central
Especially vulnerable are children. Lindane: Inhalation, ingestion, or
ABSORPTION through the SKIN causes vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and
circulatory collapse. May cause liver damage, stillbirths, birth defects and
Lice RX is a non-toxic alternative to pesticide based Head Lice
Products. Follow the links below.
CAR WASH AND POLISH:
Petroleum Distillates: Associated with skin and lung cancer, irritant to skin,
eyes, nose and lungs. Entry into the lungs may cause fatal pulmonary edema,
most marked Danger, Harmful or Fatal.
TAR AND BUG REMOVER:
Contains XYLENE and PETROLEUM DISTILLATES
OF TOXIC HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS
Many people don’t realize what kind of harmful
chemicals and toxins they use every day in their very own homes. Some chemicals can be particularly dangerous
or harmful. An example is a chemical
used in air fresheners called Phenol. It
can cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma and even death!!
Household chemicals can cause
serious damage to people, animals, and the environment if they are not handled
or disposed of properly. Most chemicals
and cleaners used around the house are safe and can be thrown away easily
without any harm. Others though can be
very dangerous and harmful when used the wrong way. The best way to dispose of any harmful chemicals is to use up as
much of them as you possibly can. Some of the most dangerous chemicals used
around your house are Cleaning Agents
(like dish soap), Aerosols, Gasoline, Paints (paint products), Antifreeze, Car Batteries,
Pesticides, and De-Greasers. In little
amounts, these materials may not cause any harm but in larger doses they can be
very volatile and toxic. The following
are guidelines to follow for safe storage and handling of chemicals:
Safe Storage and
Don’t flush chemicals down a
Keep away from
children and animals.
Do not remove
labels from the bottles or packages: they contain important information.
Store in cool dry places,
away from pilot lights, stoves or water heaters.
Make sure all containers
have secure lids/caps.
Store products in a place
where they won’t fall over.
Store any corrosive or
flammable products on seperate shelves.
Always return product to its
proper place or where you found it.
Don’t burn products, it may
release toxic fumes into the air.
Staying Safe When Handling
Do not wear contact lenses
when handling solvents.
Always read and follow
directions on the label.
Always wear goggles if the
product can harm the eyes.
Wear gloves and protective
clothing if the product is harmful to the skin.
Stop using the product if
you feel dizzy, get a stomach ache, or a headache.
Make sure there is adequate
ventilation when using the product indoors.
Do not smoke when using
Do not use flammable
products near a fire or any open flame.
Use the least toxic chemical
product you can find for your job.
DO NOT mix products
together, it can cause toxic fumes or even an explosion.
Buy only what
you need and use up as much of it as you can.
Brian’s Completion of the project
For my project, passed out
information on the hazards and dangers of household chemicals. I passed out
copies of the information to my troop. I presented the information by talking
to them about it during a troop meeting.
I also printed out copies
of the information to be passed out with a monthly neighborhood newspaper. The
information told how to dispose of and store hazardous chemicals found in the
house. It also told how to use particular chemicals properly and how to keep
them away from pets and animals