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Dangerous Items to Pack or Unsafe to Transport; Hazardous Materials such as Explosives, Corrosives, Flammables, and more…

Moving day is approaching and you are getting prepared to pack your belongings. Before you begin, it is important to know if what you’re packing and bringing along for the move is dangerous to transport in your do-it-yourself container or just simply illegal.

Some materials require special handling when packing or caution to avoid an accident. But anything flammable, explosive or corrosive is very dangerous to transport, and can be illegal. On the other hand, you may not be aware of which materials are prohibited.

The following is a list of items that you should be cautious with overall, but should never transport:

Explosives: Ammunition including, bullets, shotgun shells, etc.; fireworks; detonators; blasting caps, etc. (these things can be illegal)

Corrosives: oven cleaner; toilet cleaners; liquid plumber; drain cleaner; household cleaners; lye; acids (sulfuric, hydrochloric, nitric muriatic); car, boat, motorcycle batteries; motor oils, etc.

Flammables: matches; fuel tablets; barbecue starter pellets; hay or straw; wood chips; gas; cleaning fluid; lighter fluids; paint; paint thinners; barbecue starter; glues; resins; kerosene; sterno; naphtha; acetone; alcohol; lamp oil, etc.

Gases: any gases under pressure or liquefied; propane; quick start; oxygen; acetylene; helium; household or industrial fuel; aerosols of any kind; hair spray; antiperspirant; paint cleaner; butane lighters; propane tanks, etc.

Oxidizers: any kind of bleach; disinfectants; organic peroxides; fertilizers of any kind; swimming pool chemicals; hair bleach; chlorine in any form; chemistry sets, etc.

Liquids: wine, beer, preserves, etc.

Poisons: pesticides; herbicides; cygon; fumigants; wood preservatives; creosote; photographic chemicals, etc.

*You should not be moving gasoline, acid or ammunition under any circumstances!

If you do not have any goods mentioned on the list, but have some items and are not sure if they are hazardous or illegal to move, then the safest thing is to read the label of the item you intend to pack OR contact a professional like your local recycling center and see what advice they give you (this is a good place that can tell you where to best dispose of hazardous materials as well)!

Here’s a link to Environment Canada for more information regarding hazardous waste and chemical substances:

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posted by Flexible Move @ Wednesday, March 23, 2011 2:09 p.m.   0 Comments


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