Toxic Substances in the Home

Some individuals regard toxic substances as someone else's problem, but the problem belongs to everyone. Many toxic substances exist innocently enough in the home. Toxic household chemicals can include highly flammable substances, caustic compounds, deadly poisons, and carcinogenic agents.

Unfortunately, product ingredients are not always listed on containers. The Federal Government allows a product to be labeled "non-toxic" if the death rate for laboratory animals ingesting or inhaling the product is less than 50 percent. While the Consumer Products Safety Commission and other governmental agencies are attempting to change the law, many potentially deadly products are still available on the market. Always read the label on a product and follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe use.