Pets are beloved members of the family, but exposure to common household chemicals can pose serious health risks. According to the According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a typical home contains as much as 100 pounds of household chemicals such as pesticides, paints, cleaners and other potentially hazardous products – so learn how to limit your pet’s exposure to toxic substances.
The Pennsylvania Resources Council offers a series of online brochures, including SAFE & HEALTHY PETS.
Tips for protecting pets include:
- STORE ITEMS OUT OF REACH – Seal containers and place them out of the reach of pets. Use trash cans with lids.
- PROTECT PETS FROM PESTICIDES – Keep pets away from recently treated areas. Be sure to thoroughly wash off paws before a pet enters the house.
- USE ADEQUATE VENTILATION – Be aware of the dangers of toxic fumes (especially when using oven cleaners in the presence of birds).
- COMMUNICATE – Share important pet safety information with everyone who works in your home, including gardeners, exterminators, pet sitters and house cleaners.
- DISPOSE OF EXCESS TOXIC MATERIALS – Take part in a PRC household chemical collection event or call the PA DEP Recycling Hotline at 800-346-4242 to learn about drop-off locations near you.
View the SAFE & HEALTHY PETS brochure.
To learn more about the impact of household chemicals on the environment and human health, view PRC’s booklet HAZARDOUS WASTE IN THE HOME: SAFE & HEALTHY GUIDE.