Hazards in Your Home
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- GRADE LEVELS:
- SUBJECT AREAS:
science, home economics
Many products we use in our homes consist of hazardous chemicals,
but less hazardous alternatives do exist.
To increase awareness of how many hazardous chemicals we come
into contact with.
- - 3 to 5 household cleansers, pesticides,
disinfectants, or deodorizers
- handouts: Pre-test/Post-test, List of Products, Table
1, Table 2
carcinogen, hazardous chemical
We tend to assume that our homes are safe places. Are they really
safe? In a household or school investigation, find out what types
of cleansers, pesticides, disinfectants, and deodorizers are
used. NOTE: Some hazardous chemicals present an acute danger
only (if used properly, they present little risk). Others such
as carcinogens cause chronic risk, and even short exposures may
cause a problem over time.
- 1. Do pre-test.
- 2. Find 3 to 5 substances that you
suspect might have harmful effects. Good places to look would
be in the medicine chest, under the kitchen sink, or in the garage
- 3. Read the labels on each product
and call the information number if one is available (NOTE: If
it is not a toll-free number, ask for permission.) Get as much
information about the product as available.
- 4. For each product, list the ingredients,
potential health effects, and possible substitutions.
- 5. Check Table 1 to see if there are
harmful effects from the listed ingredients.
- 6. Check Table 2 for a less harmful
substitution that you could use.
- 7. Do the post-test to determine whether
knowledge and attitudes have changed as a result of these investigations.
- Answers to Pre-test/Post-test:
1-F, 2-F, 3-F, 4-T, 5-F, 6-F, 7-T, 8-F
- Explore types of substitutions that
can be used in homes and schools to make the environment safer.