Household cleaners can be very helpful for homeowners looking to keep their homes clean and free of germs and harmful bacteria. Occasionally, harmful bacteria may be present on surfaces like countertops, kitchen floors, bathroom sinks, and flooring in the restrooms. Chemical cleaners often contain effective ingredients for removing harmful bacteria and viruses, but may also contain ingredients that may cause harm to people in the home.
It is important for homeowners to remember that some chemicals should never be mixed. Chemicals should be kept in their original containers and should be sealed at all times. Unmarked containers of chemicals are very dangerous, because without labels and warnings, people may be unfamiliar with potentially dangerous contents inside.
Household cleaners should be kept away from children and pets at all times. Although many homeowners prefer to keep their cleaning chemicals underneath sinks and countertops, these storage spaces are often points of easy access for children and toddlers. Parents should be careful of where they place the chemicals used for cleaning and may consider installing child-proof locking mechanisms on cabinets and drawers.
Although most adults understand that many household cleaners contain ingredients that can be harmful if swallowed, some do not realize that exposure to fumes from cleaners may be toxic as well. It is important to use materials for cleaning separately, because the combination of two ingredients may have deadly results. Common items like ammonia and bleach can be deadly if mixed together, so it is important to make sure to keep the two separate at all times.
If you are using cleaners indoors, it is recommended that you open windows and doors to provide adequate ventilation for the room being cleaned. If you are cleaning for a long period of time, be sure to leave the room at certain intervals to avoid long-term exposure to the chemicals. Use fans to help clear the air and dry surfaces whenever possible.
Individuals who have been injured by defective cleaning products or products that did not carry adequate warning labels may be eligible for compensation from the manufacturer for pain, suffering, and medical expenses. Injuries caused by chemical cleaners can have serious effects on a person's health including serious injury and even death.
Autor: Joseph Devine
If you would like to know more about household cleaners and defective cleaning products, visit the website of the Madison products liability lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.
Added: July 31, 2009