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flo's avatar

When is it critically important to have hands free of dripping water? See detail.

Asked by flo (12991points) 2 days ago

It is important when handling electricity related items, I guess, it’s common knowledge. https://www.wirece.com/water-and-electricity-danger/
Are there other circumstances when the smallest amount of water can be highly dangerous, whether it’s from dripping hands or ceiling, etc?

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Brian1946's avatar

Another example would be if one is handling pure sodium.

If Na contacts water, it reacts to release hydrogen, form sodium hydroxide, and ignite (sometimes explosively).

flo's avatar

Wew. Do you think that’s common knowledge @Brian1946?

Brian1946's avatar

I don’t think so, but fortunately pure sodium is quite rare.

AFAIK, its most common form is salt, which is quite benign.
A less common but more harmful form is lye, which is used in caustic products such as Drano.
However, neither of these will ignite if they contact water.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

When climbing a steep slope.

flo's avatar

Smallest amount of drop, though, @RedDeerGuy1

flo's avatar

I just read this:

http://www.chemistryexplained.com/elements/P-T/Sodium.html
Under the heading: “Sodium and water aren’t friends”
“O il and vinegar don’t mix. I don’t know how that’s a fact since it’s used in salad

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

When shaking your customers hand after closing a big deal.
When getting married.
Bowling and gymnastics.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Working in a fuse box.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Handling Ink Jet prints.

Brian1946's avatar

If you’re trying to sneak across a rickety bridge, just inches over the head of a hungry T-Rex, you don’t want any of your drippings falling on its face. ;-o

kritiper's avatar

When trying to cross an electric fence.
When trying to dry out a spark plug.
When plugging in that new 220 volt welder that’s out in the yard.
When trying to open the car door when it’s 20 below zero.

flutherother's avatar

When putting on gloves.

Dutchess_III's avatar

When drying dishes?

stanleybmanly's avatar

You know the thing that bothers me most about doing the dishis? It’s the inconvenience of long sleeved shirts.

flo's avatar

Everyone who posted about elecricity, I have already excluded that.

Brian1946's avatar

“Another example would be if one is handling pure sodium.

If Na contacts water, it reacts to release hydrogen, form sodium hydroxide, and ignite (sometimes explosively).”

According to this episode of Chicago Fire I’m watching, lithium, potassium, and magnesium are also water-reactive.

SnipSnip's avatar

The possibility of electrical contact.

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