Safety in the home goes beyond special doors and security guards, also some household products could be dangerous to health when used inappropriately causing accidental poisoning and other health hazards.

Health Focus will be looking at proper handling and precautions to take when it comes to these products.

So, what do you know about household chemicals such as disinfectants, detergents, insecticides and how do you handle them?

Household chemicals are essential items in the home and they are reasonably safe when used as directed. The level of toxicity of a product depends on the dose used and the length of exposure to the product.

Either by accident or faulty manufacturing, household consumer products especially the ones that contain chemicals can injure, causing skin burns, irritation of the eyes, breathing difficulty and other health problems. To prevent these, proper handling and storage is very important. In case of an emergency, seek immediate medical help.