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Hazardous Materials Awareness Week is January 17 - 23, and according to the Iowa City Fire Department, knowing how to handle and store hazardous products can significantly reduce accidents, injuries and exposure risks.

Additionally, correct disposal of chemicals and fuels protects not just personal safety, but the health and safety of the environment as well.

Hazardous materials are often used in homes and workplaces, so proper disposal is important in the reduction of poisonings, fires and toxic fumes.

To ensure the safety of family and co-workers:

-Never throw hazardous chemicals into the regular garbage, storm sewers or waterways.

-Store all household products as instructed on the labels.

-Keep all chemicals and medicines out of the reach of children.

-Do not mix any household chemicals together, as they may react, ignite, explode or release toxic fumes.

-Read the instructions on each product regarding how to properly dispose of them.

If you are unsure of how to safely keep some products in your home, or where to dispose of them, visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' website at www.SafeSmartSolutions.org, or call Iowa Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

In addition, the Iowa City Landfill on Hebl Avenue can aid in disposing toxic materials through its no-cost Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.

The East Side Recycling Center on Scott Blvd. SE also schedules frequent mobile hazardous waste collections.

For more information about hazardous waste recycling options, visit www.icgov.org/recycling or www.icgov.org/ESRC.

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