Chances are you’ve never decanted window cleaner and blue raspberry gatorade side-by-side, but if you did, you’d likely be shocked at the similarity.
In fact, many chemicals bear striking resemblances to palatable substances, particularly to a child’s eye. And that was one of the messages brought to Saskatchewan by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) last month.
“We brought our chemical look-alike display to Ag in Motion today just to talk to the public about some of the hazards of different products, says Rob Gobeil, agricultural safety and health specialist with the CASA. “There’s different products out there, one would be safe, one may not be safe.”
In the following video, filmed at the show in Saskatchewan this summer, Gobeil uses rubbing alcohol and water to demonstrate how two products can look the same, but have very different properties, stressing the importance of proper labeling, and storage.
The chemical look-a-like demonstration is just one of the teaching kits available through CASA.
Correction: We had the gatorade flavour listed as blueberry, but have learned it’s actually blue raspberry, and adjusted the article for accuracy.