Proper Signage on a Pesticide Storage Area
Unsafe storage of pesticides can be costly or, worst case, even fatal. Improperly storing pesticides in food containers is the number one cause of oral exposure to pesticides. A nationwide study by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that almost one-half of surveyed households with children under the age of 5 had at least one pesticide stored within their reach.
Pesticides differ in many ways, so it is important that you are familiar with any specific storage concerns for each individual pesticide. For example, most swimming pool chemicals are strong oxidizers and are very incompatible with other products. If a gas can sitting on the shelf above a container of granular chlorine would leak into that material it could spontaneously combust and cause a fire. Some chemicals will lose their effectiveness if they become frozen and thaw, others will not. The best way to become familiar with details specific to each pesticide is to read the label.