THE MENACE OF CARBON BISULPHIDE.
Secretary Blumenthal, of the Texas Fire Prevention association, states that the recent fire in the J. W. Crowdus Drug company at Dallas having proved conclusively the danger incident to keeping carbon bisulphate on the premises, it has been deemed advisable to bring the inherent hazards of this product to the attention of all wholesale drug dealers in Texas, together with recommendations for its proper handling and storing, hoping thereby to prevent the recurrence of fires from this cause in the future. The fire referred to was caused by a spark igniting carbon bisulphate vapor in the building. But for the prompt and efficient action of an excellent sprinkler equipment, it would have been a practical impossibility to control the fire, for the reason that a pungent gas was given off, which made it dangerous to get near the scene of the fire. Reference to such recognised authority as the United States Dispensatory discloses the fact that this product is produced by distillation of sulphur mixed with carbon, making a clear, colorless, highly refractive liquid, very diffusive and having a strong characteristic odor. It is known that bisulphide vaporises rapidly at the ordinary temperature and is highly inflammable at 114 to 116 Fahr.. and, when ignited, burns with a blue flame, producing carbon dioxide. In view of the facts noted, which show conclusively the inherent hazard of this liquid and the disastrous results which are likely to follow a lack of proper precaution in handling and storing it, the importance of keeping carbon bisulphide in tightly corked cans, drums or other airtight metal receptacles, and storing it in a cool place away from flames and at a safe distance from other property, cannot be emphasised too strongly. Drug dealers are requested to notify the association what action they will take in the matter.