Polonium is highly unstable, radioactive and toxic. This makes it difficult to handle. It can be dangerous, even in very small amounts. One gram of Po will self-heat to a temperature of about 500 °C (932 °F). It also vaporizes easily.
Polonium is also very important because it the main element of nuclear bombs.
- "Characterizing the Elements". Los Alamos National Laboratory. Retrieved 4 March 2013.