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Control of fire hazards in commercial drycleaning shops using petroleum-based solvents.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Mar; 15(3):249-250
Drycleaning shops contain all elements necessary for uncontrolled fires: fuels, ignition sources, and oxygen. Potential combustible materials include furniture, garments, lint, and portions of the building. The greatest risk of fire and explosion exists if the drycleaning shop uses a petroleum-based solvent in drycleaning machines. Approximately 10 percent of drycleaning shops in the UnitedStates use these highly flammable solvents. Ignition can be triggered by a burning or smoldering cigarette, heated equipment such as a press, a frictional spark inside the solvent reclaimer cage, or even static electricity within the reclaimer.
Dry cleaning industry; Dry cleaning solvents; Fire hazards; Fire prevention; Fire safety; Safety measures; Safety monitoring; Safety practices; Solvent vapors; Solvents; Organic solvents; Solvent vapors; Petroleum products; Occupational exposure; Control methods; Flash point; Industrial hazards
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DSHEFS; EID; DPSE
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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