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?

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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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