Three accidents involving methanol which injured children during lab demonstrations are examined by the CSB. All the incidents involved demonstrations of flames – usually with a color additive – using methanol as the flammable liquid. In all three cases there was a flash back to the methanol bulk containers, and fire engulfed members of the viewing audience who were not protected by any physical barriers.
The CSB’s safety bulletin was released at a news conference in Denver, CO on October 30, 2014.
A safety message reminding teachers, staff, and school administrators about the hazards of using flammable materials, such as methanol, during classroom science demonstrations.FINAL REPORT: Back to School Safety Alert
FINAL REPORT: Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents from Flammable Chemicals in Educational Demonstrations