From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemistry classroom fire injures 6
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:53:14 -0500
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I second Laurence's comment.

There's been far too many of these incidents and with more or less significant injuries. I've been doing a summary review of D-CHAS Google listserve posts from Oct 2014-Oct 2015.

This is completely preventable, as long as the word gets out to the right people.

I am generallynot real pleased with the media, but udring a bunch of tampering incidents I dealt with in the past, their cooperation can be invaluable.

What does the EC think of approaching national media about this issue? I would favor it.

Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Meical Toxicologist.

On Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 12:04 PM, Laurence Doemeny <ldoemeny**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

While training is helpful the real need is getting the information about the hazard to the teachers and administrators. Apparently some instructors don't know there is a problem.

My suggestion is for the ACS and teacher organizations to jointly contact local and national news media to have a segment on the dangers of some of these demonstrations and how to perform them safely. That should get parent and school administrators attention. This would make a nice PBS Frontline or 60 Minutes segment.

The Chemical Safety Board makes outstanding videos and excellent reports but their reach appears limited.

Laurence Doemeny

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Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemistry classroom fire injures 6

This continues to beg for training for demonstrators...

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Date: Friday, October 30, 2015 at 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemistry classroom fire injures 6

I just showed the CSB video to our preteachers this week!

On 10/30/2015 4:00 PM, Harry J. Elston wrote:

Bang Head Here ---> (Rainbow Experiment)


On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 2:13 PM, Jyllian Kemsley <jyllian.kemsley**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

"She was demonstrating the experiment ... with the different elements causing the fire to change color, and as the fire was dying down she added more alcohol"

On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 9:25 AM, ILPI Support <info**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Figured this one couldn't wait for Monday's headlines:

Two are in serious condition (presumably with burns). No chemistry details yet. I think we all have a good guess at what was involved based on unfortunate past experiences, but let's sit tight until there is confirmation.

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