Is Bromine a Safe Alternative?

Known Bromine Dangers:

  • If spilled on skin it produces painful sores
  • Has strong unpleasant odor
  • Is Toxic
  • Converts to dichlorobromomethane, bromoform and bromate
  • The Metropolitan Emergency Response Network defines dichlorobromomethan as particularly dangerous and harmful (see below)
  • Vapor will attack the eyes and lungs
  • Causes cancer
  • Damages skin
  • Damages the liver
  • Causes depression and brain damage
  • Damages the nervous system and muscles
  • Bromine vapors are known to reduce male sperm count, causes malformed sperm resulting in birth defects and causes male infertility
  • Maximum safety precautions should be used when handling it






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