Household Blenders Not Appropriate for Lab Use

A UK researcher was mixing carbon with approximately 500 milliliters of hexane in a regular household blender in a fume hood. The flash point of hexane is -21 degrees Celcius. The container for the blender developed a leak. Hexane dripped on to the blender motor and caused a small explosion and fire. Household blenders provide a source of ignition for flammable vapors and are not appropriate for laboratory use.

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