circles + orange = danger
The first thing you probably think when you see such a container is danger, don’t touch. It’s not necessary to know what is in this red container except it can potentially hurt or kill you. This is mainly due to the biohazard symbol over an orange background. A biological hazard, or biohazard, is anything coming from a living microbe that is dangerous to humans. Since this box is red, it only contains material contaminated with blood. This can be extremely threatening to a persons health since blood can potentially carry deadly bacteria, viruses, etc. A question that arises is how a simple, meaningless symbol and two colors have come to represent danger?
The color orange is one of the most important parts of the biohazard symbol. Orange is very vibrant, noticeable, and is second to yellow in visibility. It is not too bright like yellow though, therefore it does not cause eye strain very quickly. Also, orange is a complement of blue which causes orange to be more visible outside and makes it more pleasing to view. These qualities of orange make it very useful when making a warning sign because this color makes the sign stand out. Continue reading “This seemed intimidating for the researchers since they did not want to show themselves on a web cam”