Hazardous Materials and Chemicals ☘ What you should do ☘ Hoey Team ☘ eXp Realty

Dated: 09/10/2019

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The word reminds us of the latest news story about an accident or environmental damage from improper storage, use or disposal of chemicals.

However, many aspects of modern life are made possible or improved by responsible use and handling of chemicals.


When we think of hazardous chemicals, we tend to think of manufacturing plants, train cars or trucks.

While this is valid, we should also consider our own kitchen cabinets, garage, pool and other places in our home where potentially harmful chemicals are a part of our everyday life.

We become so familiar with them that we may have forgotten that they can injure or even kill us.

Here are a few common household chemicals and their hazards.

• Chlorine (pool) – toxic fumes, corrosive and highly reactive

• Muriatic Acid (pool) – corrosive, toxic by inhalation and highly reactive

• Ammonia – toxic fumes and very reactive with other common cleaners

• Lighter Fluid – flammable

• Propane (grill) – highly flammable

• Gasoline – flammable with vapors that are heavier than air and can travel to an ignition source

• Motor Oil – combustible

• Weed Killer – toxic by ingestion or absorption through skin

• Bug Killer – toxic by inhalation or absorption

• Drain Cleaner – toxic or corrosive

• Nail Polish Remover – flammable

• Paint – flammable

• Fertilizer – toxic, possibly flammable or explosive

No matter how comfortable you are with a product, here are some important safety reminders:

• ALWAYS follow label directions

• Never mix chemicals

• Use only for approved purposes and in approved concentrations

• Store and dispose of safely, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions

• Keep away from children

• Never store in containers that look like food or drink

• Understand first aid directions

• Keep the number of your local poison control center handy

If you suspect someone has been exposed to a chemical, consult your physician or:

Florida Poison Information Network at 1-800-222-1222 If injuries are serious or the victim has trouble breathing, call 911!


Everyday hazardous materials are transported safely by highway, rail, air and sea.

Because of the design, construction and safety features of chemical transportation containers, significant releases are rare.

However, there are occasional accidents.

In an accident you can be affected either at home or on the highway.

If you are at home you will be notified through the media or local public safety agencies.

Follow instructions quickly and carefully.

You may be ordered to evacuate or to “shelter in place” depending on the chemicals involved.

If ordered to evacuate do so immediately.

Shelter in Place means to stay inside where you are.

If you are directed to shelter in place, close all windows and doors and turn off the air conditioner.

Use duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal around doors, windows and other openings.

If this is not available, damp towels or blankets can be used.

The goal is to prevent outside air from entering your home.

Do not go outside or open doors or windows, until local authorities tell you it is safe.

Once the all clear is given, you should ventilate your home by opening doors and windows to purge any possible contaminates.

If you see or are involved in a traffic accident, take special care to avoid hazardous chemicals.

Do not walk or drive through a vapor cloud or spill.

Pay attention to any placards – diamond shaped panels with numbers and/or symbols on them.

Provide the placard number to authorities.

Small quantities of hazardous material may not have a placard.

The most important step to protect yourself and others is to avoid or reduce exposure to the chemical.

If able, evacuate.

Move crosswind to safety and keep other people from entering the area.

Nuclear Power Plants

Florida has three nuclear power plants:

Crystal River, north of Tampa; St. Lucie, north of Palm Beach; and Turkey Point, south of Miami.

Even under worst-case conditions, an accidental release at any of these plants should not spread dangerous radioactivity over Southwest Florida.

However, we might receive evacuees from other counties.

They pose no health risk.

However, agricultural products from those areas would not be permitted to enter into our food supply.

Radioactive Materials

It is possible that a transportation accident could involve a radioactive substance.

These materials are packed in limited quantities in very strong, well marked containers.

If you see a marked package or suspect radioactive material may be present, move away from the area and advise emergency responders.

Do not attempt to move it yourself.

Biohazard Material

Another hazardous material that may be seen in transit is biohazard material.

Healthcare facilities generate and dispose of this material, which may at first glance appear to be ordinary garbage.

Biohazard material could expose you to disease causing agents.

As with other hazardous materials, you can usually avoid exposure by not contacting or handling the material or container.

Call the authorities and explain the situation.

Article content from Collier County Government; Southwest Florida and from our personal experiences. In 2017 we had Hurricane Irma come through; Barry & Kim encountered a large amount of damage at the time as the eye passed over us, it was the worst recorded hurricane in history, at the time, then Michael hit the Panhandle, where building codes were not as strengent and where we witnessed more damage than we had in SWFL.  Now we have Hurricane Dorian coming to Floridas East Coast probably as a catagory 4.  Issues can arrise anytime with hazardous materials.

Also; please check out the other blogs, and tabs to many other Links, Updates, Reports & Stats that we have here on our informational website.  

We hope that you find the information useful.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Barry or Kim with the Hoey Team  brokered by eXp Realty

Email us at Barry@SWFLLuxury.Com  or KimZuponcic@Gmail.com or Call/Text the Hoey Team ☘ at:  (239)-360-5527 

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