(Des Moines) Governor Terry Branstad has designated the week of January 19-25 as Hazardous Materials Awareness Week in Iowa.
Robert Kempf, Coordinator of the Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management Agency, said the goal is to provide Iowans with a better understanding about hazardous materials.
“Nearly all of our household use products contain some type of a hazardous material and they are transported on our highways and the railroad and things like that and one of the things we want to do is bring awareness to people of that and what they should do when they are handling hazardous materials in the home or on the job,” said Kempf.
Kempf said there are several things you can do to improve safety for yourself and others.
“First and foremost is to make sure that they you are using and storing all of your household chemicals according to the instructions on the label,” explained Kempf. “Know what to do in case you do have a spill or if children would get a hold of it by knowing about getting a hold of the poison control center. Know how to use the safesmartsolutions.org website that the Iowa DNR has in reference to recycling or getting rid of those chemicals.”
Brochures and fact sheets about hazardous materials safety are available online at www.BeReady.iowa.gov.