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On April 1st, 2015 the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will begin to use the FEMA Student Identification (SID) number when submitting your Independent Study (IS) final exam. You must continue to use your SSN or Alternate ID number until April 1st; however, we recommend registering a FEMA SID today: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid.

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

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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
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Take Final Exam
  • Take Final Exam Online
  • Please note that the IS Program does not accept the FEMA SID when completing your test. Please use your SSN as directed in the test form. Those individuals that do not wish to use their SSN may request an Alternate ID number
  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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