CO2 Extinguisher – Sick Science! #170

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Carbon dioxide is a gas that we interact with every day. For instance, CO2 enables plants to perform photosynthesis, you exhale CO2 when you breathe, and CO2 can extinguish fire. You probably knew all those facts, but did you know that you can get really science-y and extremely creative when putting out flames with CO2? It’s as simple as pouring the gas onto fire. Pouring? You better believe it!

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15 Comments

  1. We did this I'm science. The vinegar and baking soda to through a chemical reaction and create CO2. The CO2 can extinguish the flames because it suffocates the flame and prevents it from getting any oxygen.

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