The board reviewed three fires stemming from science demonstrations during the past two months. The incidents in Nevada, Colorado, and Illinois inflicted burns on students and adults when methanol caught fire while an educator was attempting a demonstration.
Federal investigators say the fires had common problems: The demonstrators lacked proper safety training, and they used flammable chemicals in greater quantities than necessary. No safety barriers such as a clear shield were used between the experiment and the audience.
A version of this article appeared in the November 05, 2014 edition of Education Week as School Lab Fires Show Lack of Training, Agency Finds