I smell good, but kill.

I provides safety, when danger is near.

Eat me, and die.

The chemicals inside me are nigh.

What am I?


closed as too broad by Bass, QuantumTwinkie, NL628, Rubio Apr 21 '18 at 20:50

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    $\begingroup$ Almost anything (like "house", "horse", "poison", "OJ Simpson", "pinecone", "bottle", "pants", ... ) could fit these clues with a little explanation effort. Please consider adding some means to better identify the intended answer. A wordplay clue (or three) has been deemed an excellent way to make the answer unique. $\endgroup$ – Bass Apr 21 '18 at 18:25
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    $\begingroup$ Is it a who or a what am I? $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Apr 21 '18 at 20:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Bass OJ Simpson...hmmm :P $\endgroup$ – NL628 Apr 21 '18 at 21:05

This fits Ethylene Glycol, which is used in antifreeze. It is sweet smelling and toxic, and has therefore even been used as a murder weapon. It reduces the freezing point and is used as a de-icer, so it provides safety when temperatures are near freezing. Carbon(6) and Oxygen(8), which are in this compund, are close to each other in the periodic table.


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