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why it is not advisable to pick up metallic Sodium with bare hands?

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Pure sodium metal is extremely hazardous. It is very sensitive even to minor moisture content. Our air contains enough moisture (water) in it to react with the sodium metal. Sodium metal reacts violently with water and can explode. Even our hands contain some minor moisture that sodium can react with thus burning our hands. The fire produced by the reaction of sodium cannot be put out with water or carbon dioxide. 

Sodium is commonly stored in a container with mineral oil or kerosene to prevent oxidation with moisture (water). 

In handling sodium metal, any person should wear safety goggles, masks and gloves. 

 

 

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pranitingale | Student

♣ As we know that sodium (Na) is almost at the top of the reactivity series as it as the marvellous property of getting reacted with other metals, compounds and
elements very quickly.

♠ Many a times we could'nt care and encounter ourselves with bare mettalic sodium. at some times our hands may have molecules of water. If we touch or hold sodium with such hands can cause severe explosions, with dazzling flames, and burns.
It can be proved very harmful for us as it vigorously reacts with water molecules.

♠ Or it may also happen as we touch the bare sodium metal in a rainy and moisturuos day.
THE REACTION OF SODIUM WITH NOT ONLY WATER BUT WITH OTHER ELEMENTS CAN PRODUCE SOME HARMFUL BI-PRODUCTS DANGEROUS TO US.