Health Tip: Pesticide Use

Some safety tips

(HealthDayNews) -- Pesticides can be quite toxic. If you must apply one, follow these safety tips from a British Columbia Government publication on pesticide use:

  • Use the right pesticide for the job. Make sure the label lists the pest you need to control.
  • Always wear the appropriate protective equipment, including a mask. Make sure your skin is mostly covered.
  • Wash your hands and face after working with the pesticide, especially before eating, smoking or using the toilet.
  • Change your clothes after you've applied the pesticide, and wash your clothes before wearing them again.
  • Leather boots, shoes, belts, watch bands or jackets splashed with a pesticide can't be decontaminated and should be discarded.
  • Keep the pesticide's label intact, and make sure it is readable.
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