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Top Sites for Fire Safety for Your Home or Business

Adapted from FireScienceDegree.com blog post Top 30 Sites to Teach Kids About Fire Safety

Top Sites for Fire Safety for your Home or BusinessNational Fire Prevention AssociationThey are the authority on fire, electrical, and building safety. Visit to get codes and standards, safety information, training, and much more. There is also a special section for kids, blogs, and much more on fire education.Fire Safety Medline Plus often shares trusted health information. In this section, they share fire safety and prevention tips. Scroll down to get information on fireworks, gasoline, smoking, and many other fire related topics.Fire Extinguisher 101 This site’s goal is to teach all visitors about the different kinds of fire extinguishers and why it is important to have one in the home. There are sections on types, how they work, how to use one, maintenance, and more. You can even visit to learn about the biggest fires in history.How Smoke Detectors Work HowStuffWorks is a leading science. In t…

HazardEx - Dust to Dust

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From the HazardEx website, a good overview of hazardous materials, fines, explosion vents.


HazardEx - Dust to Dust

Dust to Dust28 February 2011Author : J GALE Dr Julian Hought of risk management specialists, HFL Risk Services, explains the hidden dangers of flour and other dry ingredients and how we can guard against potentially fatal explosions.Every year an estimated 2000 dust explosions occur in factories and refineries in Europe. There are approximately 50 reported dust explosions in the UK alone – that’s roughly one every single week. But these explosions are not solely the preserve of chemical or wood processing companies.

A staggering 24 per cent of them occur within the food industry.
In fact dry ingredients such as flour, custard powder, instant coffee, sugar, dried milk, potato powder, soup powder and cocoa powder have been responsible for 120 deaths in the past 30 years.

All dust explosions are preventable. However in order to prevent them you first need to know h…

Events leading up to Federal Mogul Explosion

From http://www2.wsls.com WSLS10 Roanoak, VA, here is "the rest of the story".

Events leading up to Federal Mogul Explosion: "WSLS has obtained more information through the Virginia Freedom of Information Act."
By ERIN BARNETT
Published: June 24, 2011 In information obtained through the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, WSLS has learned more about the December explosion at the Federal Mogul plant in Blacksburg. According to inspectors the explosion happened inside a 14 inch diameter exhaust ventilation duct. The ducts were inspected in early November. Federal Mogul employee said could not remember if mention of the explosivity of aluminum dust to inspectors or not. Then inspectors submitted a request to Federal Mogul to do an inspection of the exhaust ducts, also in November, but according to the report, due to work schedules at Federal Mogul the inspection kept getting pushed back until it was accomplished on December 30. The inspection revealed only one exhaust duct n…

CSB investigates Hoeganaese - Finds Tons of Combustible Dust

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U.S. Chemical Safety Board

The CSB investigates Hoeganaese finds literally "tons" of combustile dust on-site.

STATEMENT FOR NEWS CONFERENCE Friday June 3, 2011 Nashville, TN CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso and Investigator-in-Charge Johnnie Banks Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso:  Good morning and welcome to our news conference. I am Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, or CSB. We are here today to update the media and the public on the status of our ongoing investigation into the explosion and ensuing fire that occurred at the Hoeganaes facility on Friday, May 27 in Gallatin, Tennessee.  Tragically, two workers died and a third was gravely injured. First, a quick word about the CSB. We are an independent federal agency charged with investigating chemical accidents and reporting on their root causes. We are not a regulatory agency and do not issue fines or penalties. We make formal safety recommendations to prevent similar accidents fro…