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  • Poison and Danger indicate the highest hazard levels. Poison means that a product is highly toxic, and can cause injury or death if ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin
  • Danger means that a product is either highly toxic, flammable, or corrosive. Look for the word "danger" on cleaners, polishes, paint strippers and pesticides. "Danger" means the product could poison you, cause serious damage to your skin or eyes, or easily cause a fire.
  • Warning and Caution both indicate that a product is toxic, corrosive, reactive or flammable
  • Products that don't have any of these words on the label are least hazardous

A hazardous product are either toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive.

Toxic products are either poisonous or causes long-term illness. Pesticides, paint thinners, many auto products and some cleaners are toxic. Products that are toxic usually contain the following warnings:

  • Harmful or fatal if swallowed.
  • Use only in a well-ventilated area

Flammable products burn easily. Auto products, Paint, thinners, nail polish remover and other solvents, are the most flammable products found in the home. Products that are flammable usually contain the following warnings

  • Do not use near heat or flame.
  • Combustible
  • Do not smoke while using this product.

Corrosive products eat through materials. Oven cleaners, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and auto batteries are common corrosive products. Products that are corrosive usually contain the following warnings:

  • Causes severe burns on contact.
  • Can burn eyes, skin, throat.

Reactive products can spontaneously ignite or create poisonous vapors when mixed with other products, or can explode when exposed to heat, air, water or shock. There are few consumer products still on the market that are explosive. Some older explosive products might still be stored in homes.

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