Playing it safe with Safer Homes
05 May 2020
As we emerge from our bubbles it is important that we continue to keep ourselves, our whānau, pets and environment safe around household and gardening chemicals.
Here are some top EPA Safer Homes tips to help you do this.
- Cosmetics and toiletries: If you are re-stocking your toiletries and cosmetics from online stores, buy brands that you know from retailers that you trust.
- Crayons, finger-paints and art supplies: When buying kids’ art supplies it’s also important to stick to online shops and retailers you know and trust.
- Face painting: Face painting at home is fun! If you are doing this, make sure you read the label and follow the instructions; for example, many face paints shouldn’t be used around the eyes.
- Protecting our pollinators: Consider pulling weeds by hand instead of using chemical sprays to keep your ‘bubble’ bees safe. Also think about mowing your lawn less to allow bee-friendly clover to grow.
- Gardening chemicals: If you are spraying your garden, choose a calm day to do it: the wind can blow products into your eyes and face, or onto other people.
- Rat and pest poison: Keep your fur baby safe around rat and pest poison by keeping them on a leash and well fed and watered when walking in the outdoors.
- Paints and thinners: With trade stores reopening online, you can re-stock your paints and other supplies for those DIY projects! If you are painting or using solvents, wear gloves and long sleeves and trousers to stop it from getting on your skin.
- Treated timber: Finally, as we enter autumn and cooler weather make sure you don’t burn treated or painted timber in your fireplace.
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Take care and keep safe.