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HOW TO PREVENT DRYER SYSTEM FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

HOW TO PREVENT DRYER SYSTEM FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

November 06
15:49 2015

KNOWING WHAT CAUSES FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS IS THE FIRST STEP IN PREVENTION

By: Becky Long

Uncontrolled and unplanned fires and explosions in the plant are obviously undesirable. The most important reason to take measures to reduce and, hopefully, eliminate fires and explosions in a dryer system is personnel safety. At the end of the day, you want all employees to leave the plant in the same condition as they entered. While a slow fire may give personnel time to react, an explosion could kill or severely injure someone who happens to be in the wrong spot at the wrong time.

The longevity of your equipment is another reason to reduce fires and explosions. All equipment is designed to operate under set conditions. The high heat produced by a fire can easily degrade the structure of your equipment, making it more prone to failure. Similarly, explosions can catastrophically damage equipment, ductwork, supporting structures, piping systems and other key elements. As we now live in a litigious society, any adverse situation in a plant setting can result in legal accusations. It is important to note that any fire or explosion in the system that injures personnel or damages equipment could cost your company serious money in a lawsuit. For any or all of these reasons, unplanned and uncontrolled fires or explosions will significantly affect the bottom line on your plant’s ledger. But large costs aside, at the very least, unplanned and uncontrolled fires and explosions can cause downtime, potentially cost maintenance dollars and likely damage a portion of the product. For most plants running on tight margins, any of these losses can be problematic. For some, such a loss closes the plant permanently.

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