Butane gas cyliner commonly used for cooking
Aerosol spray cans often contain Butane
Butane is an alkane. Alkanes are saturated hydrocarbons. Usually, Butane is a flammable gas, it burns very well.
Uses of Butane
Butane is sold in canisters, for cooking and camping. It is also used as fuel in cigarette lighters, and as propellant in aerosol sprays or deodorants. Some kinds of Butane are used in refrigerators.
Mixtures with Propane are known as LPG.
Butane is dangerous. Inhalation can lead to death by asphyxiation. Contact with the skin can lead to frostbite. If the liquid comes in contact with the air, it will explode.
Images for kids
Spectrum of the blue flame from a butane torch showing CH molecular radical band emission and C2 Swan bands