Chloroethane is a colorless gas at room temperature and pressure. It has a characteristically sharp smell. It is a liquid when stored in pressurized containers; however, the liquid evaporates quickly when exposed to room air. Chloroethane catches fire easily.
It was used in leaded gasoline
, but strict new government regulations have reduced that use dramatically. It is used in the production of cellulose, dyes, medicinal drugs, and other commercial products, and as a solvent and refrigerant.
It is also used to numb the skin before medical procedures such as ear piercing and skin biopsies and as a treatment in sports injuries.
Exposure to chloroethane can occur from breathing air or drinking water containing it. Exposure to high levels of chloroethane can affect your nervous system
, causing lack of muscle
control and unconsciousness. This substance has been found in at least 282 of the 1,467 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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