Article Summarization of a Lab Accident Read the attached article about a laboratory accident . Type the following in paragraph format ( about one page ) :

Article Summarization of a Lab Accident Read the attached article about a laboratory accident . Type the following in paragraph format ( about one page ) :

a. summarize the accident. Include the location, situation, people involved

b. Describe why the accident occurred

c. offer suggestions as to how the accident could have been prevented Shot
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chemistry classroom fire at Woodson High in Fairfax – The Washington Post
The Washington Post
6 injured in chemistry
classroom fire at
Woodson High in
By Tom Jackman, T. Rees Shapiro and Emma Brown October 30, 2015
A chemistry demonstration at a Fairfax County high school went out of
control Friday morning, with a flash of flame engulfing a group of students,
leaving two with serious burns and also sending three others to the hospital.
The blaze at W.T. Woodson High School sent students scrambling as smoke
and screams burst from a classroom and a teacher went running down the
hall, her shirt still on fire. Helicopters and ambulances swooped onto the
campus, and students spent much of the morning huddling together on the
football field’s bleachers while ventilation fans cleared chemical-laden air
from the school.
The incident began 10 minutes into second period, when a chemistry teacher
poured flammable liquid onto a desk and lit it with a Bunsen burner,
according to several students who said they were in the class. The teacher
then introduced chemical elements, such as copper, to demonstrate their
different effects on the colors of the flames – a well-known, captivating yet
sometimes-risky experiment.…ac-7f10-11e5-afce-2afd1d3eb896_story.html?utm_term=9e034ddabcc
6 injured in chemistry classroom fire at Woodson High in Fairfax – The Washington Post
As the flame appeared to die down, the teacher poured more liquid onto the
table, students said, causing a “splash of fire” to hit those nearby. One
student said the teacher was not wearing any protective gear, nor were the
students in the room, including those closest to the experiment.
One screamed when her hair caught fire. Another had burns to his face and
singed eyelashes. Another student’s jacket caught fire.
“I was just lucky enough to take it off quickly,” said the student, whose left
forearm was burned. He was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was
treated and released. To protect his privacy, his father allowed the student, a
minor, to be quoted only if his name was not published.
Two other students also were taken to Inova Fairfax and later released. And
two others, injured more seriously, were flown by helicopter to hospitals in
the District.
By Friday afternoon, one of them was listed in critical condition and was in
surgery at Children’s National Medical Center, according to Capt. Randy
Bittinger, a fire department spokesman. That student’s condition later
improved, and the student was moved to MedStar Washington Hospital
Center, where doctors also were treating another student, who was in fair
The classroom teacher suffered minor burns, according to fire officials.
A group of students in an adjacent class said that after they noticed smoke
and screams coming from the classroom, they saw the chemistry teacher
running down the hall with small flames on her shirt. They said a security
guard stopped her and patted them out.
She was treated at the scene and has been speaking to investigators.
Attempts to reach her on Friday were unsuccessful. A relative at her home
said the teacher would not comment.
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som fire at Woodson High in Fairfax – The Washington Post
e fire disrupted the last day of the grading period in the county, as
students headed into a festive four-day weekend that includes Halloween.
Fire officials ruled Friday afternoon that the fire was accidental, the result of
a classroom demonstration for students.
Fire Chief Richard Bowers confirmed that the class was watching a
demonstration showing the changing colors of fire when the students were
burned. He would not provide further details beyond saying that it was a
“teacher-led instruction activity in the classroom” and that there was no
John Torre, a spokesman for the county school system, said the
administration is conducting an internal review of what happened and how
it happened.
Ken Roy, chief science safety compliance advisor for the National Science
Teachers Association, said there is no way to know how many injuries are
caused by science classroom accidents nationwide because no agency or
organization tracks them. Also, there is no federal requirement that schools
report such incidents.
But Roy said that in recent years, he has noticed an increase in the number
of accidents reported to the association and in the news media.
Many of the accidents have involved the highly flammable liquid methanol, a
form of alcohol, he said. In 2014, two students at a school in Manhattan were
burned when a teacher conducted what is often called a “rainbow flame”
experiment, using methanol to ignite different types of metal salts to create
colored flames.
And at a Denver high school last year, a chemistry class demonstration using
methanol burned five students, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.
The board, an independent federal agency responsible for investigating…ac-7f10-11e5-afce-2afd1d3eb896_story.html?utm_term=.9e034ddabccb
6 injured in chemistry classroom fire at Woodson High in Fairfax – The Washington
chemical accidents, issued a safety alert last year warning teachers that they
should use a vent hood — which funnels away potentially flammable fumes
– when using methanol in classroom demonstrations or to not conduct the
demonstrations at all because of an “unacceptable risk of flash fire.”
A fire department spokesman said he did not know whether methanol was
being used in the activity that led to the fire at Woodson.
The fire is believed to have started in a classroom about 9:40 a.m. There
were 31 students and two teachers in the classroom at the time, county
school officials said.
Karen Garza, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, said in a
statement that she was “deeply saddened” by the incident.
“We are all deeply concerned about what happened today,” Garza said. “My
thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families.
Bowers, the fire chief, praised the school for its emergency procedures,
saying that Woodson staff called 911 and evacuated students according to the
school’s crisis plan, moving them in an orderly fashion to the football field.
“The school did exactly what they were supposed to do,” Bowers said.
The fire was still burning when firefighters arrived, he said, but it was
extinguished before it spread to other parts of the school. About half of the
classroom was damaged by fire, smoke and water, Bowers said.
Woodson student Alex Buchanan said that when the fire alarm went off, he
at first thought that someone burned their lunch in a microwave. Then he
saw the helicopters land on campus.
“People were running everywhere, ” Buchanan said.…ac-7f10-11e5-afce-2afd1d3eb896_story.html?utm_term=.9e034ddabccb

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