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Sodium methanolate is water reactive, can react vigorously when in contact with water. 

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Sodium methanolate is an extremely strong conjugated base. In contact with water sodium methanolate reacts violently exothermic to form sodium hydroxide and methanol: CH3ONa + H2O → CH3OH + NaOH

The heat from this exothermic reaction may be sufficient to ignite surrounding combustible materials or sodium methamolate itself especially if water is present in only small amounts.

The substance is classified as "reacts violently with water".