Safety & Disposal


Using aerosols safely is essential to prevent accidents and protect both individuals and the environment. Here are some safety recommendations for using aerosols and guidelines on how to dispose of them properly:

Safety Recommendations for Using Aerosols:

1. Read the Label: Always read and follow the instructions on the aerosol product label carefully. The label provides essential information about proper usage, precautions, and any specific safety instructions.
2. Use in Well-Ventilated Areas: Use aerosols in well-ventilated areas to prevent the build-up of fumes or vapours. If possible, use them outdoors or in areas with open windows and good airflow.
3. Avoid Heat and Flames: Keep aerosols away from heat sources, sparks, and flames. Aerosol cans are pressurized and can explode if exposed to high temperatures or fire.
4. Do Not Puncture or Incinerate: Never puncture or incinerate aerosol cans, even if they are empty. This can cause an explosion and may release harmful substances.
5. Keep Out of Reach of Children: Store aerosol products out of reach of children to avoid accidental misuse or ingestion.
6. Do Not Spray Near Face: Avoid spraying aerosols directly toward the face, especially around the eyes and mouth.
7. Store Properly: Store aerosols in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
8. Keep Away from Electronics: Avoid spraying aerosols near electronic devices to prevent potential damage.
9. Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): When using aerosols, it is always advised to consider using appropriate PPE, such as gloves, mask and goggles, to protect yourself.


Disposal Guidelines for Aerosols:

1. Empty Aerosols: Use up the contents of aerosol cans according to their intended purpose. Empty aerosol cans, when completely empty, can usually be disposed of through regular recycling programs.
2. Check Local Regulations: Check with your local waste management authorities or recycling centres for specific guidelines on how to dispose of aerosol cans in your area. Some locations may have specific rules or collection points for aerosol recycling.
3. Follow Recycling Guidelines: If your area allows for aerosol can recycling, follow the guidelines provided by the recycling facility. Usually, you may need to remove the plastic cap before recycling the can.
4. Household Hazardous Waste: If the aerosol can contains hazardous materials or if you are unsure about recycling, take the aerosol can to a household hazardous waste collection site or event. These facilities properly handle and dispose of hazardous waste.
5. Do Not Incinerate: Never incinerate aerosol cans, even if they are empty, as this can be dangerous and harmful to the environment.

Always prioritize safety when using aerosols and adhere to proper disposal practices to protect yourself, others, and the environment.