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Reminder of the dangers of mixing chemical cleaners!
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By 2nd. Assistant Chief Paul Schlotterbeck
March 19, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine cleaning of surfaces to limit the spread of COVID-19, several agencies are trying to remind people about the dangers of mixing household chemicals.

People are very concerned right now and may not be thinking about the dangers of mixing cleaners. The Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department wants to remind you of the following deadly combinations:

ĵ Bleach + vinegar = chlorine gas. This can lead to coughing, breathing problems, burning and watery eyes. Chlorine gas and water also combine to make hydrochloric and nypochlorous acids.

ĵ Bleach + ammonia = chloramine. This can cause shortness of breath and chest pain.

ĵ Bleach + rubbing alcohol = chloroform. This is highly toxic.

ĵ Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar = peracetic/peroxyacetic acid. This can be highly corrosive.

Hyperlinks: Keep family safe from household chemicals
CDC Cornavirus Website
Governor Hogan Covid 19 Website

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