Questions and Answer

Issue 10 and Volume 86.

Questions and Answer NOTE—Readers are invited to send in questions, which will be answered in the order received. Names are omitted from questions unless otherwise specified Absorbing Ammonia Gas To the Editor: Will common salt sprinkled or thrown into a room charged with ammonia fumes counteract same for even a short time or long enough for a man to get in to shut off a valve, for instance? S. R. F. Answer: We have never heard that salt would absorb ammonia gases or make it possible for firemen to enter a room charged with ammonia, when salt is thrown or sprinkled in the room. Charcoal is very effective in absorbing ammonia, and if thrown in a room in sufficient quantities might reduce the concentration of the ammonia gas to a point where firemen could enter. However, I do not think that either of these methods would be practical in actual…

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