Who would sell products that could harm us? And safety regulations protect us, right? Answers: 1) People who want to make money and 2) Not as much as we might think.
Can someone sell you a recycled product that could blow up and kill you or contaminate you with toxins? Sure. Read “Empty industrial barrels bought on Craigslist present deadly dangers” by Rick Barrett at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/13/17.
Gasoline, other flammable chemicals, insecticides, and other toxins lurk in some used metal drums that can be bought online. At least 69 Americans have died from making such purchases in the past 15 years, according to the article.
Some of those dangerous chemicals are also lurking on the shelves of your local hardware store or maybe even in your own basement.
Read the labels, err on the side of caution, and don’t rely on someone else to warn you adequately or protect you and your family from harm.
New Year’s resolution: avoid dangerous chemicals!