New lab hotplates are usually safe to use. But they can still be as dangerous as a fire hazard. Some important things to note:
- Do not heat flammable and explosive substances, substances that emit toxic fumes.
-Work with gloves during high temperatures. Do not touch the plate with your hands for fear of burns.
-When heating a material in a laboratory Hotplate, first check the heat resistance of the glassware.
- Be careful when thickening the material in the vessel until it is completely dry. If there is too little moisture and the vessel remains exposed to heat, it will eventually be destroyed.
- For liquids, including water, it is recommended to use a medium or low temperature
-Tongs should be used when removing objects from the plate.
-Always turn off the device, which is not in use
-Make sure that the wires and temperature sensors do not come into contact with the plates.
-Care must be taken to monitor the hot plate during use. If unattended, you can use automatic timers
- Do not store flammable materials or flammable liquids near the plates.
- Do not use high temperatures to heat liquids. Allow the liquids to warm up gradually at a low or medium temperature.
-Always use a larger plate than you need to heat.
- Regularly check that the plates are in good condition and at the correct temperature
MRC Laboratory Equipment provides a wide range of hotplates. Contact us for advice and purchase