Roundup weed killer safety

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Roundup weed killer safety
Roundup is a popular product used to kill weeds around the home garden. (weeds image by Jeffrey Sinnock from Fotolia.com)

Roundup is a popular weed killer, made by the Scotts Miracle-Gro company, used by homeowners and farmers in gardens and fields. As with any household chemical, the consumer needs to keep safety in mind when using this chemical. It can cause certain health issues, must be stored in a proper place and be disposed of appropriately to prevent contamination. When used correctly, Roundup can be a useful and safe product.

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Hazards

Roundup can cause eye aggravation if it comes into contact with them. This can include symptoms such as: blurry vision, excessive tears or swelling. If a child drinks the liquid, they can become nauseated, throw up and/or have diarrhoea. Those that breathe in the fumes in large amounts can have breathing problems, per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Roundup weed killer safety
Eye contact with Roundup can cause aggravation, redness and swelling. (eye image by Pali A from Fotolia.com)

First Aid

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends treating eye contact with Roundup by washing them with water. If they continue to be aggravated and show the above-mentioned symptoms, you can seek treatment from a doctor. Children who swallow the liquid are best treated at the local emergency room. Contact poison control and follow their instructions. If breathing the fumes is bothersome, you should move to an area where fresher air is available.

Storage

Roundup is best stored in its own bottle and placed out of reach of young children. This means placing the bottle high up on a shelf or in a locked cabinet. The bottle should not be put in an area cold enough to cause it to freeze. The bottle needs to be kept away from any food, consumable liquids or animal food. It should never be stored near steel that has not been lined or near galvanised steel.

Disposal

Any leftover liquid should be kept in the bottle and not put down the drain. The container is best disposed of by surrounding it with layered scrap paper before throwing it away. Once the bottle has been used up, it is not safe to reuse it for other substances. Small spills require cleaning with water. For larger spills, use sand or another substance that can absorb the liquid. If the area is cleansed with water, as little water should be used as possible to keep from contaminating the ground.

Other Considerations

Clothes that are worn while using the product, along with jewellery, should be carefully washed before wearing them again. You should also wash your hands after using Roundup. Any tools or other items used with the Roundup must also be cleaned after use.

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