Nearly every household in the United States has household hazardous material (HHMs) as part of the household cleaning and maintenance. These are often stored under the sinks, in closets, garages, and basements. They are useful to help make household chores easier, but they can pose a threat to those in your home, especially children, or to the environment if they are not disposed of properly when they are not needed or expired.
How to Tell if a Product is an HHMs
Household products that are considered hazardous will have one of these keywords: Warning, Danger, Caution, or Poison. If products in your home have any of these keywords, then they could be toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive.
- Toxic products can cause immediate or long-term illness because they are poisonous. Often these are paint thinner, pesticides, some automotive products, and some cleaners.
- If the product is flammable, it will ignite easily. Products like paint, paint thinner, solvents, and some automotive products are flammable and combustible.
- Corrosive products can eat through materials. Items like oven cleaner, drain cleaner, toilet bowl cleaners, and automobile batteries are corrosive products that can be harmful.
- Reactive materials are household products that should never be mixed because they can create poisonous vapors or spontaneously ignite when mixed. You’ll need to review product labels for warnings about other products not to mix with or to keep away from heat, air, water, or shaking because they can explode.
Rate Genius Insurance
Our agents at Rate Genius Insurance want everyone to keep their household safe from hazardous materials. Make sure your home insurance provides adequate coverage for any incidents caused by HHMs by contacting a Rate Genius agent today. We provide homeowner insurance coverage for those with homes in the United States.