why are sodium and potassium stored in kerosene?

Sodium and potassium readily reacts with atmospheric oxygen to form respective oxides.this is kind of oxidation (burning) reaction so when they are kept open they catch fire and start burning

Chemical equation:

4Na + O2 → 2Na2

4K + O2→2 K2O

Moreover they reacts violently with water to produce hydrogen gas, which may be ignited by the heat of the reaction. To avoid this happenings sodium and potassium are stored under kerosene.

chemical equation:

2Na +2H2O → 2NaOH + H2

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sodium and pottasiumarestored in kerosene because they react vigorously with oxygen and water.

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sodium and potasium are stored in kerosene as the are reactive and react with air and water to burn

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because they are highly reactive metal and react vigoursly when come in contact with air and water

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sodium and pottasium are stored in kerosene because they are highly reactive metals and react with oxygen and water vigourously.

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sodium and pottasium are stored in kerosene because they are highly reactive metals and react with oxygen and water vigourously.

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Sodium Potassium are highly reactive metals that they catch fire if kept in open.Therefore, to prevent accidental fires they are kept immersed in oils kerosene.
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