Flamable and Combustible Liquids

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College of Health and Human Services, Department of Health, Safety, and Environmental Health Sciences Health 319 Industrial Accident Prevention II Flammable and Combustible Liquids
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Flammable and Combustible Liquids In any setting, whether it is work, school, or at home fires and explosions can and do occur regularly and have a major impact on people’s lives. These fires are usually accidental, but cost property owners millions in dollars per year. Fires occur when all four parts of the fire tetrahedron which are fuel, oxygen, heat, and a chemical reaction, are present. Flammable and combustible liquids are present in many home and industrial settings, and should be used with caution. The objectives of this exercise were to examine the 5 given fire scenarios in which fires occurred and will provide information for each scenario about the hazardous location, the fuel, the ignition source, and finally the prevention measures that should have been taken. In the Chicago River West Event there was an overpressure event in low pressure gas distribution system that resulted in fires and explosions covering an area of Chicago that was bounded by the Kennedy Expressway, the Chicago River, and Kinzie and Cortez streets. The most hazardous location in this situation would the area nearest to the valve that broke off. More than likely, when the worker turned on the valve too hard, the wrong way, the valve broke and created a spark in the process. The fuel in the fire was more than likely natural gas, as this how most people in Illinois heat their homes due to the cost of electricity. The fire in this situation could have been prevented by proper maintenance of the valves and equipment in use to transport the gas. The fire may have been caused by the worker turning the valve improperly, but when it comes down to the bottom line proper maintenance and inspection of the valves could have prevented this fire. In the Dust Explosion where three workers were adding a “supersack” of
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2011 for the course HLTH 319 taught by Professor Campbell during the Fall '08 term at Indiana State University .

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