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IS-55.A: Household Hazardous Materials – A Guide for Citizens

Course Date


*This course has been reviewed for doctrine related changes and therefore is dated October 31, 2013. We recommend that you review the contents of the course and look over the updated materials. If you have already passed the exam for this course, you are not required to complete the exam again in order to be current in your training by FEMA EMI records. If you choose to retake the exam, your completion certificate will reflect the date of your first completion, not the date that you retake it.

Course Overview

This course was designed for the general public. The course will introduce you to household hazardous materials and things you can do to protect yourself and your family from injury or death. Dangers from chemical products depend greatly on the individuals using them. Chemicals are safe to use when people read the directions and use them correctly.

Course Objectives:

After the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the main groups of hazardous materials.
  2. Identify the ways chemicals can enter your body.
  3. List the effects chemicals have on the body.
  4. List common hazardous materials found in the home.
  5. List common hazardous materials found outside the home.
  6. Recognize how to safely select and buy chemicals.
  7. Identify proper protective equipment and disposal methods.
  8. List chemical alternatives to common hazardous materials in the household.
  9. Identify preventative measures to take before natural disasters.

Primary Audience

The target audience for this course consists of all members of the general public.





Course Length:

4 hours