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What makes a substance Hazardous?

Materials found around your home are hazardous if it has one or more of the following characteristics.

Symbol/Characteristic

Effects

Types of Products

corrosive
Corrosive/caustic

•  burns/destroys living tissue

•  drain cleaners

•  toilet bowl cleaners

•  chlorine bleach

•  rug cleaners

toxic
Toxic/poisonous

•  causes injury/death through ingestion, inhalation, or absorption

•  some cause cancer or fetal harm

•  furniture polishes

•  pet sprays and shampoos

•  insect spray

•  silver polish

flammable
Flammable/ignitable

•  easily catches fire

•  oil-based paints

•  lacquers

•  paint strippers

•  thinners

explosive
Explosive

•  explodes through exposure to heat or pressure

•  aerosols

•  metal polishes

reactive
Reactive

•  generates excessive heat

•  noxious fumes

•  explodes when mixed with some other substances

•  ammonia

•  bleach

 

 

For more information email
Connie Bondeson or call 498-8736 or toll free in Maine
1-800-427-8736

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