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Secure Chemicals Before a Storm

9/7/2012 11:32:17 AM

Contact: Heather Parsons, 562-4708

Clearwater, Fla. – It’s still hurricane season, so make sure to properly safeguard chemicals in your home and storage spaces in the event of a storm. Families usually store chemicals such as fertilizers, paints, automotive fluids, pesticides, and cleaners in garages, sheds, kitchens, and bathrooms. If a hurricane’s damaging rain were to flood your home and break these containers, dangerous chemicals would be introduced into the environment, endangering public health, wildlife, and our ecosystem.

Now is a great time – before the storm – to rid your home of chemicals you don’t use anymore. Take them to the Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center (HEC3), operated by Pinellas County Utilities. Simply drop off your hazardous chemicals for free at 2855 109th Ave N., St. Petersburg. To learn more, visit or call (727) 464-7500.

If you bring chemicals to the HEC3 center, remember:

- Don’t mix chemicals together.

- Keep products in original labeled containers, if possible.

- Place leaky containers in clear plastic bags and transport in boxes with newspaper.

- Put boxes in the trunk or in the back of vehicle away from passenger.

The HEC3 Center cannot accept automotive/marine batteries, biological/infectious waste, empty paint cans, explosives, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, radioactive waste or smoke detectors. Call

(727) 464-7500 for more information about the HEC3 facility, or call the city’s Environmental Division at (727) 562-4750.