Safe Storage of Pesticides
- Read the label for specific storage instructions and precautions.
- Store pesticides in a clean, cool, dry, and well-ventilated building. Always
lock the area to prevent entry by children and untrained persons. Mark the
storage facility with an appropriate warning sign.
- Maintain proper temperature control. For example, if emulsion-type materials
freeze, the emulsion may be destroyed, resulting in loss of effectiveness and
possible serious plant injury.
- To avoid the danger of cross-contamination, do not store herbicides with
- Keep dry materials above liquid materials.
- Do not store pesticides where food, water, feed, seeds, fertilizers, or
personal protective clothing and equipment (such as respirators) can become
- Store pesticides in their original containers. Never store pesticides in any
food or drink containers.
- Do not remove the labels.
- Keep lids tightly closed.
- Check containers frequently for leaks.
- Clean up spilled chemicals promptly and properly. Dispose of broken or
damaged containers and any pesticide waste in an approved and safe manner as
directed on the product label.
- Keep an inventory of all chemicals. Mark each container with the year of
- Inform your local fire department of any chemicals (including fertilizers)
stored in large quantity.