These chemicals are solids which give off acetylenea highly flammable gas — when they react with water.

First Action

  1. Instruct others to keep at a safe distance, well away from the spillage area.

  2. Eliminate all sources of ignition.

  3. Keep dry.

    Note: The action of water on a carbide produces the highly flammable gas, acetylene, which may ignite.

  4. Taking into account all immediate circumstances decide whether to:

    1. control the spillage, or

    2. evacuate the building by sounding the fire alarm and call the fire brigade.

Small Spills

  1. Cover the carbide with either dry sand or dry vermiculite and scoop into a dry bucket or a reasonable size plastic bag. Transfer to a safe open area outside the building.

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