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Whyare there warning labels on the products we bring into our homes to keep itclean?
Whyare the products that are supposed to make our home cleaner and more healthyactually chemicals that can make us sick?
Andhow are these products labeled to help us decide which ones to buy?
Theanswers are scary!
Governmentonly requires companies to list "chemicals of known concern" on theirlabels. The key word here is "known."
Thechemical companies also must list the following three items on their products’labels:
1. Precautionary advice like "warning" or "danger." 2. First-aid information like "rinse eyes withwater." 3. Storage instructions.
Willthat label tell us what we are buying? Nope!
Willit help us protect our families? Not much!
TheEPA has published a document just for children to explain warning labels. Hereis what it says, scary again, but in easy-to-understand language.
Manyhousehold products contain pesticidal and toxic ingredients that can be harmfulto humans, animals, or the environment. Even so, we use these products to cleanor maintain our home. Or they are useful because they control disease-causingorganisms, insects, weeds, or other pests. The label is your guide to usingproducts safely and effectively.
Labelsuse signal words to show how toxic or hazardous a product can be. They are:Caution, Warning, and Danger. Both you and your parents need to becareful when products with signal words on the label are used. Make sure you donot come in contact with any of the chemicals from these products. Remind yourparents to always "Read the Label First" to know how to properly usethese products and for safety information
Danger is the strongest signal word. If a label has the word Danger on it,your parents must be extremely careful using the product. If it is used thewrong way, you could get very sick, be hurt for a long time, go blind or evendie. Danger is also used on products that could explode if they get hot.
Warning is less strong than Danger, but it still means that you could getreally sick or become seriously hurt. Warning is also used to identify productsthat can easily catch on fire.
Caution shows that the product could hurt you, but it is less harmful thanproducts with a danger or warning signal word. Caution is used on products thatcould bother your skin, make you sick if you breathed the fumes, or really hurtif the product got in your eyes.
You’vegot to be careful whenever you see a signal word!
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