The Hazards of Hazardous Materials

Want to know!

There are many hazardous materials that can effect on all living things in dangerous way. Always try to know what you are using and what you handle so take time to learn. Take precautions when you are near chemicals or materials that have warning labels.

Find another kind of materials!

To keep you safe from using products that may be dangerous, try to find alternatives. There are many alternatives to these products that can be found at natural stores, health stores, and hardware stores and so on. Don't be afraid to ask about such alternatives

No, don't throw away anything!

When you need to throw away hazardous materials, do not put It in the trash! Contact with your recycle center or city hall to find out how you can properly dispose of them. Some towns provide special drop off days to assist you each year. Read your town paper or phone your town hall. Be in the know!

Ready, Set, Go Read!

Be safe and be clever. Look for the labels shown below in the "Warning Label Dictionary" on any products you use, buy, or come in contact with. You may see these labels at home, in the garage, the store, the hospital or your mom or dad's office....


Read the handy Hazardous Materials list provided, too!

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Poisonous and Organic peroxides


Poisonous and Etiologic Materials


Radioactive Materials





Flammable Liquids



Flamable Solids, Spontaneously Combustable, Dangerous when wet

Miscellaneous Materials


Biomedical Materials





Here is a closer look at what many of these hazardous materials really are:

Combustible Items

  • Alcohols
  • Antifreeze Compounds
  • Camphor Oil
  • Disinfectants
  • Type Cleaners (fluids containing combustible materials, i.e. spot clothing cleaners, office machine liquid cleaners, etc.)

Corrosive Liquids

  • Acids, photographic, used in film developing
  • Etching Acid
  • Iron/Steel Rust Preventing Compounds
  • Muriatic Acid
  • Nitric Acid
  • Sulfuric Acid


  • Black Powder
  • Cigarette Loads
  • Dynamite, Plastic or any other similar explosive
  • Explosive Auto Alarms
  • Explosive Flash Bulbs
  • Fireworks
  • Small Arms Ammunition
  • Primers
  • Smokeless Powder
  • Souvenir Explosive Instruments of War
  • Spear Guns Having a Charged Head
  • Toy Propellant or Smoke Devices
  • Trick Matches
  • Trick Noise Makers


  • Adhesives (glues, cements, plastic)
  • Ammonia
  • Charcoal Briquettes
  • Cleaning Fluids
  • Compound 3 Weed Killers
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Enamel
  • Gasoline
  • Hand Signal Flares
  • Kerosene
  • Lacquer
  • Leather Dressing or Bleach
  • Lighter Fluids (pocket, charcoal, camp, stove, lamp, or torch)
  • Liquors
  • Matches
  • Oil Stains for Wood
  • Paint, Flammable
  • Paint/Varnish Remover
  • Petroleum Products (kerosene, gasoline, oil)
  • Photographic Flash Bulbs/Lamps
  • Polishes, Liquid (metal, stove, furniture, wood)
  • Propane Tanks (nonpurged)
  • Propane or Other gas Used for Cooking or Heating Purposes
  • Shellac
  • Shoe Polish (liquid)
  • Solvents, Plastic
  • Stains
  • Turpentine
  • Varnish
  • Windshield Solvent
  • Wines
  • Wood Filler

Cases, Compressed

  • Engine, Starting Fluids
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Cases Used in Welding
  • Scuba Diving Tanks
  • Chlorinated Hydrocarbons in Decorative Lamps


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