CLEARWATER – The city of Clearwater reminds people that it is still hurricane season, and people should secure their chemicals in their home and storage areas.
Families usually store chemicals such as fertilizers, paints, automotive fluids, pesticides and cleaners in garages, sheds, kitchens and bathrooms, but if a hurricane’s damaging rain were to flood a home and break these containers, dangerous chemicals would be introduced into the environment, endangering public health, wildlife and the ecosystem.
The city encourages people to rid their homes of chemicals they don’t use anymore – before a storm hits. Such items can be taken to the Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center and dropped off for free at 2855 109th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
If bringing chemicals to the center, remember the following:
• Do not mix chemicals together
• Keep projects in original, labeled containers if possible
• Place leaky containers in clear plastic bags and transport in boxes with newspapers
• Put boxes in the trunk or in the back of the vehicle, away from passengers