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Hazards can exist anywhere

by Mac McMullen / September 17, 2006 6:17 AM PDT

Heads Up ! IF, you use "canned air" for any reason, and IF you fill the air around yourself with a flammable material.............,

.........................DON'T light a cigarette.

Reported on the internet from Arizona:

The owner sprayed "canned air" (like you use to clean a computer keyboard) in his truck to clean dust off the dash and overhead console. A few minutes later he rolled down his window, went to light a cigarette, and a flash explosion occurred inside the cab. The driver was alone in the truck and suffered first and second degree burns on his arms and spent four days in a burn center.

The particuilar can contained 1.1-difluoroethane, an extremely flammable aerosol propellant, as well as an asphyxiate if inhaled in large enough concentrations.

If or when you buy aerosol dust removers, look for the cans marked "non-flammable".

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(NT) (NT) See? Shouldn't smoke.
by EdH / September 17, 2006 7:53 AM PDT
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Wonder what was the date on the can
by Steven Haninger / September 17, 2006 8:24 AM PDT

I suspect it might be quite old and you cannot buy this mix in the hardware or auto supply store. Years ago you could buy canned ether to help start your car in winter. It was great fun. Happy Other flammable glues and hobby paints were either pulled, reformulated, limited in purchase or required proof of age/intent. We could even buy KNO3 and flowers of sulfur at the drug store giving us 2 of 3 ingredients to make basic gunpowder. There are just fewer and fewer ways to blow one's self up these days but I guess this guy found one anyway. Happy

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Steven, there was also the issue about "fix-a-flat,"...
by Paul C / September 17, 2006 7:54 PM PDT

...that goop you can spray in a flat tire that's supposed to (and seldom does, BTW) seal the puncture until you can get to a repair facility.

It seems that until recently, not only the propellant but the goop itself was quite flammable. There were many cases of a repair tech demounting such a tire while smoking or even when turning on a hand held light to see the damage to the tire, and POOF! This usually resulted in minor burns, but since the tech had his face close to, if not inside the tire, on occasion the result could be eye damage - another reason for the wearing of safety goggles, even if they on occasion melted to the skin. Sad

The manufacturers of this stuff finally (after the Feds stepped in) changed the formulation of their product as well as the propellant.

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by drpruner / September 18, 2006 9:23 AM PDT

I'll stay indoors and under the covers from now on.

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