Lithium, Elemental

CAS RN: 7439-93-2

Fire Potential

... Flammable solid.
Molten Li is... difficult to extinguish.
Reacts violently /with water/ to form hydrogen gas and strong caustic solution. Ignition usually occurs.
If lithium metal is heated to its melting point, spontaneous ignition is likely.
Lithium is spontaneously flammable in air if heated to 180 deg C, if the surface of the metal is clean ...
Finely divided metal may ignite in air at ambient temperature and /a large mass of/ metal above the melting point, 180 deg C, especially if oxide or nitride is present.
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