Every year, there are more than 10,000 accidents in Belgium involving chemical household products, such as insecticides and slug pellets. The victims of such accidents are often children, and the consequences can be serious.

How to prevent accidents:

  • Always put the cap back on the bottle or close the container, even if you are just setting the bottle aside for a minute!
  • Keep pesticides out of reach of children and pets or other animals or in a locked cupboard or room.
  • Do not allow children in the places where hazardous products are being used.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective quipment (mask, gloves, etc.).
  • Air the room properly if you are using the product indoors (for instance, electric vaporisers against mosquitoes).
  • Do not eat, smoke or drink while working with hazardous products.
  • Keep flammable products away from fire and other heat sources.
  • Store the products in the original packaging. Never pour them into another bottle or container.
  • Teach children which products are hazardous and how to recognise them. Explain to them why they should not play with such products.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after use.

More info and tips are to be found on the website www.lireavantutilisation.be.