Monday, October 19, 2009

Tell me L.I.E.S.

Part of disaster preparedness is disaster prevention. If you have cleaning supplies stored in common areas, such as under the kitchen sink or hall closet, you may have a potential disaster waiting to happen. Imagine a 6.4 earthquake like Los Angeles experienced in 1994. The cleaning supplies could spill and cause a hazardous material problem when they combine. (Many cleaners have either chlorine bleach or ammonia. If bleach and ammonia mix, it can be deadly.)
L- Limit the amount you keep in common areas.
I- Isolate items that could become deadly if spilled or if mixed.
E- Eliminate chemicals/products you no longer need or use.
S- Separate inside items vs. items to be stored in garage. Make sure there is good ventilation.
If you do not know how to dispose of hazardous materials, call 311 or check with your local fire station for information regarding haz-mat round up.

Poison Exposure?Call Your Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
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Don't know what to do with your old batteries? If you live in or near Los Angeles, check with your local Jiffy Lube and dispose there. Thank you Jiffy Lube for helping keep our planet healthy. Practice "responsible disposal".

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