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Old 04-09-2012, 02:54 AM   #1
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Just a shout out to everyone. I was building a room for a customer and at the same time they were having there library lacquered. When the fumes got bad the homeowners complained. The painter asked the HO's for a fan. When he flipped the switch on it caused a spark that ignited the air. Because the painter was covered in lacquer he Also caught fire. The worst thing about this is he lived two weeks before he succumbed to infection and ultimately pneumonia. This story is very tragic, could very easily happen to anyone who is not properly trained. I am sending this in hopes it may save someone else's life.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:58 AM   #2
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That is why they say you need adequate ventilation. That doesn't mean let the room become contaminated with fumes and then ventilate.

Also, if he had a fan designed for working in hazardous conditions this would have never occurred. It would have had seals and aluminum non sparking parts.

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if you know a floor guy you have probably heard an explosion story.... many apartments have been blown up from a spit coat....
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Just a shout out to everyone. I was building a room for a customer and at the same time they were having there library lacquered. When the fumes got bad the homeowners complained. The painter asked the HO's for a fan. When he flipped the switch on it caused a spark that ignited the air. Because the painter was covered in lacquer he Also caught fire. The worst thing about this is he lived two weeks before he succumbed to infection and ultimately pneumonia. This story is very tragic, could very easily happen to anyone who is not properly trained. I am sending this in hopes it may save someone else's life.
Wow. Scary stuff.
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That what scares me about fans that arte not totally enclosed.

But like was stated, if the room is full of fumes.....
I guess turning on a light could be fatal.

I have a squirrel fan that I think is totally enclosed. I guess I need to check that.

Things can go so badly so quickly.
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If you keep the room ventilated from the beginning instead of waiting until it becomes toxic you could use just about any fan. I wouldn't, but the fume levels wouldn't be enough to do anything if it was constantly ventilated.
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Thats why its important to read the instructions and warning on all products.

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