Aerosol cans aren’t just for graffiti artists. From hairspray to household cleaners, you likely have several varieties of aerosols in your home right now. While these seem like rather innocuous items, the contents inside aerosol cans are under high pressure levels and could be harmful in certain situations
Not sure when or where your lavender-scented room spray, or carpet-stain remover, or WD-40 is really a danger?
Watch the clip above where Francesca Garigue, the host of House Hazards, puts one explosive theory to the test with a can of spray paint and some extreme heat. Find out where you can to watch the show and when to tune in.
For Addditional Insight Into Garigue's Experiment, Check Out These Aeresol Safety Tips.
Keep Aerosol Cans Away From Heat.
This is the first of many precautions you should take to safely handle aerosols. You can easily keep yourself and your family out of harm’s way by simply keeping cans away from intense heat, like that of open flames, running care engines, and unventilated areas.
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Never Puncture Or Burn A Can.
Even after it is empty, do not puncture or burn your aerosol can. The contents of the can are still pressurized and could prove explosive if the thin metal walls of the can are breached. See the explosion in the video above to discover what you’ll avoid.
Keep Cans In Dry Areas, Out Of Direct Sunlight.
It’s also a safe bet to leave aerosols in places that don’t experience a wide range of temperatures, such as behind a window in direct sunlight, or underneath cars. Generally speaking, dry and shaded areas prove to be the most safe when looking for safe storage for your aeresol cans.
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Never Smoke Or Keep An Open Flame Near Aerosol Can.
Just like you saw in the clip above, flames and aerosols are a bad combo and should be kept as far apart as possible. If you do smoke, take it somewhere else. And don’t let anyone bring any type of aerosol can near your next bonfire.
Only Use In Well Ventilated Areas.
This tip is especially important if the contents of the can are hazardous or corrosive. Most common household aerosols aren’t acutely poisonous, but many of them can lead to health problems with prolonged exposure.