Growing safely at home

  • Make sure all lights and other equipment are installed by a licensed electrician to prevent fire hazards. 

  • To prevent mold growth, make sure the walls of your grow area don’t easily absorb water (painted concrete or plastic are best). 

  • Make sure the growing space has plenty of ventilation to get rid of excess heat and moisture.

  • Avoid the use of pesticides or fertilizers if possible.

  • If pesticides or fertilizers are used, make sure they’re stored in locked cabinets, out of the reach of children. Also, wear personal protective equipment when using pesticides.

  • Only use carbon dioxide generators that are safe for indoor use.

  • Change clothes and shoes when leaving your indoor grow area to prevent tracking chemicals to other areas of your home.

  • Throwing items out when you are done:

    • To throw away any pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, solvents, and mercury-containing lighting, take these items to a household hazardous waste collection facility. If there isn’t one in your area, contact your local health department for information on upcoming waste collection events that may be in your area. Mercury-containing lighting recyclers may be available in your area as well.

    • To properly throw away marijuana plant or food products, grind up and mix the product with food waste or soil so that no one accidentally eats or uses it. You can then use your household trash or the nearest landfill.