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Bunsen burners are used extensively as a heat source in school laboratories. The Fire Code (Section 2.4.4.4) states that: ‘Devices having open flames shall be securely supported by incombustible holders and located or protected so as to prevent accidental contact of the flame with combustible material.’

Does this mean that Bunsen burners should be secured by means of clamps and/or other types of holders during use? This is not a universally recognized common practice, particularly since quick temporary removal of the heat source may sometimes be necessary to avoid an accident.

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