Chemical spills: Build a simple spill kit at home

Being prepared before a spill occurs protects you, your family and helps safeguard Michigan’s water resources.

Homemade chemical spill kitDo you store hazardous chemicals (e.g. pesticides, fertilizers, etc.) somewhere in your home or outbuildings? If you do, you should be ready in case you ever face a spill. A spill kit is a must-have around the home so you are ready to act quickly to control, contain and clean up a chemical leak or spill.

A spill kit contains items that are easy to find, and when assembled together in one place, can assist in the safe clean-up of dry or wet spills. Here are the key components that make up a spill kit:

Depending on the type and extent of the spill, you may not be able to deal with the spill safely. Have emergency numbers readily available if needed.

For more information on preventing environmental contamination risks in and around the home, an excellent resource is the Home*A*Syst Guide (WQ-51), available through the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Bookstore.

Should a spill occur, see the article “Chemical spills: Take quick action to avoid injury for information on how to effectively put your spill kit to use.