FYI, this article on flammable liquid safety in the classroom is now freely available at the Journal of Chemical Education web site. This article has been viewed 1100 times in less than a month, which is in the top 5% of all research reports tracked by Altmetric. ACTS FACTS says "All Schools Should Have a Copy of 'Playing with Fire'"!
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Playing with Fire: Chemical Safety Expertise Required
Samuella B. Sigmann
Publication Date (Web): July 13, 2018 (Article)
ACS Editors‰?? Choice Date: Aug 18, 2018
Over the past 20 years 164 children and educators have been reported as injured in demonstrations using flammable solvents. The injuries were the result of flash fires, flame jets, and projectiles which occurred once control was lost by the presenter. ‰??The rainbow demonstration‰?? using methanol as the solvent has by far been the most problematic. Numerous stakeholders and concerned individuals have sounded the alarm for years in an effort to increase awareness in the educational community about the substantial risks associated with performing demonstrations using solvents, but reaching the target audience has proved difficult. Punitive damages such as monetary awards for those injured and job terminations have held schools and teachers accountable, but more effective safety training and substantive safety education in the K‰??12 preteacher curriculum is also needed. This article seeks to present the totality of issues surrounding the problem and create a reference documen!
t that can be easily disseminated to support ongoing efforts in preventing future incidents.
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