Suffolk, Virginia, USA - June 15, 2014: A horizontal shot of a collection of opened and unopened American brand cans of paint, wood stain and paint sprays organized neatly on a wooden shelf. The brands include cans of indoor house paint by Sherwin Williams, spray paint by Rustoleum, and wood stain by Minwax.

We’ve all seen the “extremely flammable” and “danger: combustible” warning labels on paint cans, spray paint, and cleaning chemicals. Having a few of these lying around the house is probably something that most of us don’t think twice about, but improper storage of these and other chemicals can pose serious danger to your property and family.

While the garage or backyard shed may be the most convenient place to store paints and supplies, freezing temperatures during the winter months will damage the products. It’s also very dangerous to store paints and combustibles near any heat source such as furnaces, water heaters, vents, or baseboard heaters.

When storing paints and combustibles, always read the manufacturer’s label for safe handling instructions; keep all materials in their original packages; never mix chemicals; make sure all packages and containers are properly sealed before storage; and store in a place out of children’s reach.

The best way to ensure that you’re protected is to get rid of all old paint cans and flammable chemicals once you no longer need them. Follow the safe disposal instructions and remove them from your home so you don’t have to worry about potential hazards. Many home improvement and paint stores will safely dispose of unused paint or old paint cans at no charge.

Source: NewsCanada