Storing Garden & Lawn Chemicals Safely

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A shed storing everything you need for the perfect garden is a dream, 

but it is very easy to forget in the excitement of it all that appropriately storing all your pesticides is a number one when it comes to your safety and not following guidelines can have lethal consequences for your environment, yourself, your family and even your loving pets.

It is all too easy for an unfortunate event to occur such as an animal or child being curious and accidentally consuming something they should not.

Fortunately, the thing about these accidents is that they are even more easy to prevent.

The following are guidelines to follow to maintain appropriate safety and use of chemicals by the NSW Poison Children Hospital 

  • Closely supervise children around the home
  • Don’t call medicines ‘lollies’. When giving medicine to children, always follow the instructions on the label
  • Buy products in child resistant containers but remember that the lids are not completely child-proof – a curious and determined child may eventually open these containers. Always make sure that the child-resistant lid is on properly after each use
  • Store all poisons including medicines, cleaning products and chemicals in their original containers that are clearly labelled. Return  medicines and poisons to their safe storage area immediately after use. Do not leave them out on a bench or counter
  • Do NOT decant liquid chemicals into drink bottles
  • Place containers in a child-resistant locked cupboard that is at least 1.5 metres above the ground
  • Keep handbags out of a child’s reach if storing medicine or other poisons in your handbag
  • Be extra vigilant when normal family routine is changed, e.g going on holidays, moving house, having visitors who are on medications
  • Dispose of unwanted household chemicals – contact the EPA CleanOut line 131 555 or
  • Take any unwanted or out-of-date medicines to your local pharmacy or
  • Check out our Poisons Safety Checklist to reduce the risk of poisoning in your home, garden and shed
  • Check that the plants in your garden are not poisonous – refer to Poisonous Plants fact sheet.


Stopped breathing or collapsed – tel:000

Poison information centre – tel:13 11 26

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