Hazard Symbols

Many household products have symbols on their labels. These symbols will tell you if the product is harmful. These products can be found in your house, garage, backyard, or at school. If you see one of these symbols on a product label, be very careful with the product. Make sure it is used properly and stored safely.
Poison

The skull and crossbones symbol means the product is poisonous. Licking, eating, drinking, or smelling a substance marked with this symbol can make you very sick or even cause death.

Corrosive

The bony hand symbol means the product is corrosive, which means that it can cause burns. These products can cause burns to your eyes, skin, lungs, mouth, throat and stomach.

Flammable

The flame symbol means the product may catch fire. Flammable products or their fumes may catch fire easily if near heat, flames or sparks.

Explosive

This symbol means the container may explode if it is under pressure, heated or broken.

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Hazard Symbols

Products with hazard symbols on their labels should be stored properly. Learn more about safe storage in our section Poison Prevention.