Children's Health and Wellness

How Much Do You Know About Hazardous Materials in Your Home?

Bleach, ant killer, and gasoline are poisons commonly found in the home. But plenty of other toxic or hazardous chemicals fill our shelves and cupboards, and some of them may surprise you. Hairspray, for instance, is highly flammable. Learn more about these chemicals by taking this quiz.

1. Which of these are household poisons?
A. Toilet bowl cleanerB. Alcoholic beveragesC. CigarettesD. All of the above
2. The best way to handle a household cleaner is to:
A. Read the labelB. Use rubber glovesC. Keep a window openD. None of the above
3. Hazardous cleaners are those that:
A. Irritate the skinB. Are harmful if swallowedC. Cause dizziness if used in an unventilated areaD. All of the above
4. Which label wording is the safest when looking to buy a household product?
A. CautionB. WarningC. DangerD. No signal words at all
5. If you only need a hazardous chemical like a lawn pesticide every now and then, how much of it should you buy?
A. The size that's the best buy for the moneyB. Only as much as you think you will needC. Twice as much as you need, so you'll have extra for laterD. None of the above
6. Which of these is the best way to store hazardous chemicals in the home?
A. In the original container in a safe placeB. In a replacement container with an airtight lid or capC. In a used, but clean jarD. None of the above
7. What's an indication that you should stop using a chemical?
A. You feel dizzyB. You feel nauseatedC. You develop a headacheD. Any of the above
8. What's the best way to dispose of hazardous chemicals used at home?
A. Put them in a leak-proof container in the trashB. Carefully pour them down the drainC. Read the labels to see how to dispose of eachD. Bury them in the yard
Online Source: American Association of Poison Control Centers
Online Source: About labels, EPA
Online Source: Household chemical emergencies, FEMA
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Perez, Eric, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Sather, Rita, RN
Date Last Reviewed: 11/9/2015