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Storage of Garden Chemicals and Pesticides

Storing Chemicals

Garden chemicals and pesticides need to be stored in a secure place where children are unable to gain access.

A lockable cupboard or steel cabinet located above a child’s reach is the best storage.

Make sure you have a supply of sand or some other some absorbent material, such as sawdust or kitty litter close to the shed to use in case of a chemical or pesticide spill.

Chemicals and pesticides should be kept in their original containers with the original labels giving their correct name and the proper safety precautions.

If the product needs to be diluted before use, make up enough for the day’s activities.

Note: Rather than have pesticide left over, go back over the previous job and use the small amount left, especially if the pesticide is being used on weeds or the outside of a building for insects.  Any remaining material should be discarded unless it is to be kept in a approved-labelled container.

Some garden chemicals may be flammable or reactive. Take care to ensure that incompatible materials are not stored together. Do not store petroleum fuels, pool chemicals and nitrogen fertilisers together. Any combination can result in an explosive mixture – store them well apart.

Food and drink containers must never be used for the storage of garden chemicals or pesticides.

Do not hoard chemicals.

Disposing of Unwanted Chemicals

Unwanted pesticides, fuels, solvents or other dangerous chemicals should never be:

  • put in the rubbish bin
  • poured down a drain
  • left lying around the backyard

Dispose of unwanted chemicals responsibly.

Where to get help

Call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 (24 hours a day) if you suspect poisoning. If the victim has collapsed, dial triple zero (000) to call an ambulance.

For more lawn care tips and tricks, or to order your new natural lawn, contact the team at Daleys Turf today.

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