Household Hazardous Materials


Many common products kept in and around most homes contain hazardous materials, such as heavy metals or chemicals that are known to be toxic, corrosive or flammable. Storing and disposing of these potentially harmful substances is an important responsibility for all San Diego area home owners and rental tenants. As a socially responsible San Diego Property Management firm, San Diego Residential Property Management strives to educate the owners we represent as well as the tenants that occupy the residences we manage on what they need to know to help keep their families safe.
Mercury is an element that is found in common household items including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and tubes, thermostats, thermometers and batteries. It’s an extremely toxic element that can damage the brain, kidney and lungs and impair the normal development of the brain and nervous system in fetuses or young children. If a product containing mercury breaks, important steps must be taken to ensure the safety of everyone in the house:
1) Have people and pets leave the room containing the mercury right away.
2) Open windows or doors to ventilate the room for 10-15 minutes before returning to clean it up. Turn off the central heating, air and room fans for several hours.
3) Thoroughly collect the broken glass and visible powder, but try to not touch it directly. Wear protective gloves and eyewear.
4) Place clean up materials in a sealed container or two sealed plastic bags before discarding.
Do not throw used batteries or CFLs into the trash. To prevent toxins from releasing into the air, soil or water, contact the local public works department or go to for disposal information.

List of Common Household Hazardous Materials
• Home Maintenance: All purpose cleaners; Disinfectants; Drain openers; Furniture polish; Oven cleaners; Oil-based or latex paints; Varnishes; Solvents and thinners; Glues and adhesives; Fertilizers; Pesticides; Pool Chemicals.
• Automobile: Tires; Car or boat batteries; Oil and oil filters; Antifreeze, Tire treatments, Car wax.
• Electronics: TV’s and Video players; Computers and monitors, Stereo equipment; Microwaves; Wireless phones; Batteries.
• Flammable Fuels: Gasoline or Diesel; Lighter fluid; Kerosene; Propane canisters; Cooking oil
• Miscellaneous: Nail polish and nail polish removers with acetone; Aerosol cans (not empty); Medical waste; Over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
Our local communities ban many of these substances from being disposed in common household trash bins. Contact your local waste collection agency or visit to enter your zip code to learn about the specific disposal options and recycling locations near you.