Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's the fires, stupid, Dust Explosion Precursors

It's the fires, stupid. Another combustible dust related fire, precursor to potential dust explosion. The NFPA Fire Analysis and Research Division report on U.S. STRUCTURE FIRES IN INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING PROPERTIES reported that annually 29% of the reported structure fires involved shop tools and industrial equipment. In 15% of fires, the leading area of origin was the process or manufacturing area or workroom. Additionally, leading items first ignited in 10% of fires was dust, fiber, lint, sawdust, or excelsior in industrial and manufacturing properties.

 

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