Improper Use of Canned-air Products Can Cause Flash Fires and Injury
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Type:  Product Recall/Alert

Publisher:  Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Olympia, WA

Published As:  Public

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

These products are commonly used in offices and other businesses to remove dust from computers, shredders, and other electronic equipment. Without training, users may not follow safe use practices because they mistakenly assume these products contain harmless, pressurized air. One recent incident highlights the importance of this issue:
An employee working in a bowling alley suffered burns to her face due to a flash fire while cleaning a paper shredder using a canned-air product. The employee tilted the can, which released its contents as a liquid onto the shredder. As the liquid became a gas, it suddenly created a zone of highly concentrated, flammable gas that was easily ignited.

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