Read the Entire Label Before Using
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Chemical Safety, Office/Home Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Compressed Gas/Air

An LLNL vision care provider reported an off-site flash fire involving one of his patients. The individual was using "canned" or "compressed air" sold to clean keyboards and other office equipment to clean a paper shredder. The patients face happened to be close to the location being cleaned when the unexpected fire occurred. Upon reading the label after the incident, the user found a warning that this particular product was not to be used in paper shredders.

Lessons Learned: Whether there was something wrong with the shredder remains unknown. What is known is that reading the entire label before cleaning the shredder would have provided the user the information needed to prevent this flash fire. A similar caution was found on a "compressed air" product.

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