Hazard Labels on Cleaning Cheminals

Hazard Labels on Cleaning Cheminals

by Martha Scully


If you or someone you know has ingested a substance with any of the warning labels below, call 911 or your local poison control centre immediately!


Here's what those labels actually mean, according to Government Canada:


The picture tells you the type of danger:

  • The container can explode if heated or punctured. Flying pieces of metal or plastic from the container can cause serious injury, especially to your eyes.
  • The product can burn your skin or eyes. If swallowed, it can damage your throat and stomach.
  • The product or its fumes will catch fire easily if it is near heat, flames, or sparks. Rags used with this product may begin to burn on their own.
  • If you swallow, lick, or in some cases, breathe in the chemical, you could become very sick or die.

2. Hazard symbol frames

The shape of the frame around the hazard symbol tells you what part of the product is dangerous:

  • If it's a triangle, it means the container is dangerous.
  • If it's an octagon, it means the contents are dangerous.

3. Signal words

The signal word(s) underneath the hazard symbol explain the degree of risk:

Symbol - 


Signal words:

  • CAUTION means temporary injury may result. Death may occur with extreme exposure.
  • DANGER means may cause temporary or permanent injury, or death.
  • EXTREME DANGER means exposure to very low amounts may cause death or serious injury.


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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of CanadianNanny.ca. Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.