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Old 11-14-2012, 02:32 PM
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Hazards and Household Toxins

I don't know where this originally came from, but thought I'd repost it for everyone! (it keeps floating around the internet, doesn't hurt to repost it!)



This is just a brief list of Hazards and Household Toxins
  • Acetone (nail polish remover)
  • Aerosols
  • Alcohol
  • Algae toxins
  • Ammonia
  • Amphetamines
  • Ant syrup or paste
  • Antifreeze
  • Arsenic
  • Asbestos
  • Aspirin
  • Auto products
  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Boric acid
  • Caffeine
  • Camphopenique
  • Candles (scented)
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Carpet freshens
  • Charcoal fluids
  • Chlorine
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Clinitest tablets
  • Copper & brass cleaners
  • Corn & wart removers
  • Cosmetics
  • Crayons
  • DDT
  • Deodorants
  • Detergents
  • Diazinon
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain cleaner
  • Epoxy glue
  • Fabreeze
  • Fabric softeners
  • Felt tip markers
  • Firecrackers
  • Flea products
  • Floor polish
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fluoracetates
  • Furniture polish
  • Garbage toxins
  • Garden sprays
  • Gasoline
  • Gun cleaners
  • Hair dyes & sprays
  • Herbicides
  • Hexachloraphene (in some soaps)
  • Indelible markers
  • Insecticides
  • Iodine
  • Kerosene
  • Lighter fluid
  • Linoleum
  • Lye
  • Matches
  • Medicines/RX drugs
  • Melaleuca oil
  • Model cement
  • Mothballs
  • Muriatic acid
  • Mushroom (many wild ones)
  • Nail polish & remover
  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Oven cleaners
  • Paint (lead based)
  • Perfumes
  • Permanents for hair
  • Pesticides
  • Photo solutions/chemicals
  • Pine oil
  • Paint remover/thinner
  • Rat/Roach/Mouse poison
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Red squill
  • Scented candles
  • Shaving lotion
  • Shellac
  • Shoe polish
  • Sleeping pills
  • Smoke
  • Snail bait
  • Spot removers
  • Spray starch
  • Strychnine
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Suntan lotions/oils
  • Surgical acrylics
  • Tea tree oil
  • Thallium
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Turpentine
  • Waxes
  • Weed killer
  • Window cleaners
  • Wood preservatives

Keep in mind that birds do not need to ingest these toxins - breathing the fumes can be enough to cause death. Basically anything that smells toxic, don't take a chance!!!



Other Common Hazards
  • Animal - (cat & dog saliva)
  • Aquariums if uncovered - (birds can't swim)
  • Carpet if toenails will snag
  • Carpet fresh products
  • Ceiling fans
  • Children - unless they are supervised and/or know how to handle birds- age and maturity of the child is important but don?t forget they have friends who should not handle the bird without your supervision
  • Chimneys/Fireplace/Wood stoves
  • Curtains or drapes if toenails can get caught
  • Electrical cords - may be electrocuted and could start a fire
  • Electrical fixtures, appliances and wires
  • Feet- watch the floor even if you think the bird is on its T-stand. If you leave it even for a minute, it may come looking for you
  • Fannies- look where you sit
  • Hair spray and other sprays
  • Jewelry of all kinds - looks so pretty and sparkly- it may be easily swallowed
  • Lead- don't forget the lead weights used in drapes
  • Mirrors
  • Phone cords- easy to strangle
  • Plug-in air fresheners
  • Pots and skillets on the kitchen stove
  • Pots and skillets, even those not coated in Teflon have plastic handles- don't let the handle get too hot

PTFE - Polytetrafluoroethylene - Fumes given off by non-stick pans (Teflon & Silverstone) that is overheated to 536 degrees or higher. (280 or higher, Celsius). Very toxic to birds, death can occur within minutes. There is no cure for birds that inhale the fumes- they recover on their own or they die.
  • Self-cleaning ovens- be sure to board your bird when you clean the oven - the fumes are toxic
  • Space heaters
  • Stained glass decorations if they contain lead
  • Stove tops - hot burners
  • Windows - open or closed
  • Dryers



Teflon coating is on many new appliances- hand held hair dryers, toasters, room or space heaters, electric appliances (electric stir-fry pans may not have to be overheated to give off deadly fumes), non-stick coated irons and ironing board covers, etc., etc., etc.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:11 PM
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Excellent read!! Mods can we stickie this please?
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Re: Hazards and Household Toxins

AWESOME, Monica! THANK YOU!!! You truly go above and beyond and thank you for that as well.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:01 PM
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You're welcome.
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