What precautions should you take involving toxic fumes?
Whenever you are performing a reaction that involves toxic fumes you should use precautions. You should wear goggles, gloves, a gas mask and an apron.
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Toxic fumes are gases that are poisonous or dangerous to people. There are different levels of toxicity, meaning some fumes ( gases ) are more dangerous than others. For instance, carbon monoxide can be present in your house. It is a toxic fume that comes from car exhaust or furnaces. In very, very low concentrations, you may only show mild symptoms like a headache or even none if you come and go a lot. But…