Question
Wed July 18, 2012 By: Atul Patel
 

why it is advisable to wear eye protection while burning magnesium ribbon?

Expert Reply
Thu July 19, 2012
Beofre most of the experiments in chemistry lab we must wear the eye protection.  Thoroughly clean the magnesium ribbon, free it from oxide deposits and thereafter burn, a dazzling bright flame will be seen. A chemical reaction takes place whereby the magnesium combines with the oxygen present in the air and gets converted into magnesium oxide and what remains is a white powder. So, during this process keep youself away from the flame as much as possible and wear eye protection. The flame or/and the fumes can harm you.
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