Posted: February 26th, 2023
Bromotrifluoromethane is a colorless, odorless gas that is non-combustible when it’s at room temperature. If under an immense amount of heat, then it can become combustible. It can be shipped by mail as a liquid only because it’s confined by its own air pressure. Skin contact with the liquid can cause frostbite because of how freezing it is. It’s normally non-toxic, but can kill you if displaced by air. If under an immense amount of heat, then it can become combustible. Bromotrifluoromethane can be found almost anywhere because it is commonly used in fire extinguishers. I found this one particularly interesting because while working a funeral service at small church today, I ran into a fire extinguisher, so in a weird way, this one really clicked with me.
Haloalkanes have multipurpose uses in the outside world. These can be used as flame retardants, fire extinguishants, refrigerants, propellants, solvents, and in pharmaceuticals. In the pharmaceutical industry, some haloalkanes like chloramphenicol are used to treat conditions like typhoid. Another haloalkane we are very frequently exposed to and is utilized on a regular basis, especially on a hot sunny day, or to keep things cool is chlorofluorocarbons, also known as Freon. It’s simply amazing to me how these chemicals can be so toxic, yet we utilize them for our everyday life without knowing their true purpose.
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