Bromine (Br) is mainly used in fire retardants and fine chemicals. It is a
very strong oxidizer (highly reactive substance that readily takes on electrons)
and belongs to the same chemical family as chlorine. Elemental bromine is a
reddish-brown liquid. It has an irritating effect on the eyes and throat and has
a bleaching action. When spilled on the skin it produces painful sores.
Bromide - Oxidizing agent