What safety symbols are posted on chemical containers such as bleach and pesticide in the home?

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Bleach, also known as sodium hypochlorite is used as a laundry product, a cleaner and is even used as a pesticide. However, the warning symbol for this chemical is Danger!. This chemical can cause eye and skin burns, digestive tract burns, damage to the respiratory system. Sometimes, a skull and crossbones is placed on a pesticide warning label. This indicates its a poison by oral,  skin or inhalation routes. A triangular shape indicates low hazard. A bony hand means corrosive to eyes and skin--either acid or alkali. A diamond shape is moderate hazard. A flammable pesticide is indicated by a flame and an octagonal shape means high hazard. Explosive(for pesticides in a can) is indicated by a symbol that looks like something is exploding.Handle all products with caution, read labels and follow safety rules at all times.

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