OTTAWA, June 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Pesticides can be used for many purposes around the home, including treating pest or weed problemsin your yard, sanitizing your pool, or trying to get rid of indoor rodents or creepy crawlers. All pesticides including pool chemicals should be handled with care and always stored out of sight and reach of children and pets. Children and pets
In 2014, Health Canada received 1884 incident reports related to pesticides. The majority of these relate to exposure by pets (76%) and humans, including children (14%). Most of these incidents that occurred in Canada involved products that can be purchased and used by the general public in and around the home, so it is important to take the necessary steps to help prevent these types of incidents by following Health Canada's advice below.
What you should do
To protect the well-being of your family and pets, make sure to only use pesticides that are registered for use in Canada. These pesticides can often be purchased in local hardware or home improvement stores, or gardening centres.
It is important to use pesticides safely by following all label directions and safety warnings. Follow these simple steps to help keep your loved ones and furry friends safe from pesticides:
If you are unsure how to best manage a particular pest problem, visit the Health Canada website for more information or consider hiring a licensed pest control operator. Also, remember to follow any provincial or municipal restrictions that may apply.
To check for the most recent product information, use Health Canada's new pesticide label search mobile app.
Report health and safety concerns
Report any adverse events from a pest control product to the manufacturer, who is required by law to report it to Health Canada. You may also report an incident directly to Health Canada by completing an incident report form.
For more information
SOURCE Health Canada
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