PROTECT PETS FROM CHEMICAL EXPOSURE AT HOME
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.