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Homework Help: Ammonia Fire

  1. Feb 27, 2006 #1
    Which is the best way to put out the fire created by the leakage of ammonia?

    Thank you. :biggrin:
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  3. Feb 27, 2006 #2


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    Probably a dry compound or CO2.

    Using water would produce a caustic solution. One could use a mild solution of acetic acid, such that the product would be ammonium acetate.

    Refer to this page - http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/facts-slides-self/facts/gen-posaf-chem-fire.html [Broken]
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  4. Feb 28, 2006 #3
    Thank you! I understand that using water is not a good idea and that we could use acetic acid. But what does a dry compound (what is this?), like CO2 do to the burning ammonia? I had the idea, must be wrong, that CO2 did not react with ammonia.
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