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Top tips for using aerosols safely

Below are some top tips for using aerosols safely. Further tips on using aerosols safely have been produced by the British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association (BAMA) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

  • Always read the instructions and precautions and make sure you understand them completely.
  • Always use aerosols in a well ventilated area. If using an aerosol in a confined space, open windows and doors to provide ventilation.
  • Aerosols are pressurised containers. Do not pierce or burn aerosols. Store them away from sunlight and heat.
  • Aerosols are extremely flammable. Avoid spraying aerosols near naked flames and potential sources of ignition (e.g. cigarettes, pilot lights).
  • Ensure aerosols are stored out of reach of children.
  • Aerosols should only be used in short bursts unless the instructions state otherwise.
    Deliberate inhalation of solvents found in everyday household products, including aerosols, can be harmful or fatal.
    Aerosols are labelled with the SACKI warning "Solvent Abuse Can Kill Instantly" as recommended by the British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association. This is designed to be a general warning about the risks of solvent abuse. Advice and resources on substance abuse are available from Re-Solv: the national charity dedicated to volatile substance abuse.

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