• Question: have u ever set your lab on fire

    Asked by 834btr25 to Jenn on 11 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: Jenn Wadsworth

      Jenn Wadsworth answered on 11 Mar 2016:

      I was once working with ethanol (pure alcohol, used to sterilise stuff) next to a bunsen burner. I somehow managed to set my whole glass of ethanol alight (it would have taken hours to burn off)! Then a paper towel soaked in ethanol that was next to the glass caught fire. Luckily I quenched it quickly just before my supervisor waked into the lab and remarked how it smelt ‘a bit burned’ 😀
      So I’ve never managed to set the WHOLE lab on fire, no 😉