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Household Habits for Healthy Waters

Published on December 23, 2011

Geauga County – Start the New Year off right by making your house a Safe and Healthy Home!
You don’t have to wait until spring to start your spring cleaning!  Hopefully most of us would never describe our homes as “hazardous”, but many of the products we use every day are actually toxic.  Are you curious about the contents of your cabinets?  Let’s see… bleach, lighter fluid, batteries, compact florescent bulbs, drain cleaner, bug spray, paint, bathroom cleaners, wood polish, motor oil…  YIKES!  A quick walk-through of your home can prove to be enlightening yet frightening!  Believe it or not the average U.S. household accumulates as much as 100 pounds of hazardous waste over time.  So without even realizing it, our ordinary home can be extraordinarily toxic.
The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) encourages you to start off the New Year with a commitment to reduce the hazardous waste in your home, making it safer, healthier, and ultimately happier.  The District is teaming up with the Geauga County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District, and the Geauga County Storm Water Task Force to provide a Household Habits for Healthy Waters program.  This program will provide a deeper understanding of hazardous products and their proper use, storage, and disposal.  We’ll also discuss ways to reduce and prevent toxic hazards at home and how to be prepared if you do have an emergency.
Join us on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Donald W. Meyer Center at Big Creek Park (9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024) for a unique opportunity to learn to “clean up and green up” your home, garage and yard. 
All are welcome to this free and informative program.  Light refreshments will be provided and participants will create a nontoxic household cleaner to take home.  “Green giveaways” and free resources will also be distributed.  Don’t miss this chance to de-tox your digs and protect your posse!  For more information and to register for the program, please call 440-834-1122 ext. 2 or email gprunty@geaugaswcd.com.  Registration deadline is Monday, January 9th. 

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