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  • Potassium chlorate is a compound containing potassium, chlorine and oxygen, with the chemical formula KClO3.
  • KClO3, is a white, crystalline or powdery solid which is a very good oxidizing agent; it is used in explosives, fireworks, matches, etc.
  • Potassium chlorate is a very strong oxidizing agent; it evolves oxygen when heated to decomposition temperatures.
  • Potassium Chlorate can be made similarly to Sodium Chlorate.
  • Potassium Chlorate can also be made by adding KCl solution to Sodium Chlorate solution
  • On an industrial scale, potassium chlorate is produced by the electrolysis of a sodium chloride solution to form sodium chlorate, which is reacted with potassium chloride to precipitate potassium chlorate.
  • Potassium chlorate is the most common chlorate in industrial use, and is usually present in well-stocked laboratories. It is also used in pyrotechniques, pharmaceutical industries and for other minor uses.
  • It is used as an oxidizing agent, to prepare oxygen, as a disinfectant, in safety matches, and in explosives and fireworks.
  • Potassium chlorate, an important salt of potassium widely used for manufacture of safety matches. Potassium chlorate is used in chemical oxygen generators .
  • Potassium chlorate, often in combination with silver fulminate, is used in trick noise-makers known as "crackers", "snappers", "pop-its", or "bang-snaps", a popular type of novelty firework.
  • Potassium chlorate is used in the oxygen-supply systems of aircraft, and has been responsible for at least one plane crash.

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