Fuel Oil Hazards

Issue 1 and Volume 67.

Fuel Oil Hazards The increasing use of oil as fuel in industrial plants points to the necessity for new precautions against the dangers inherent in that system, which as yet are imperfectly understood. The heavy oil, while it does not easily ignite, burns rapidly when ignited and oil fires are very hard to extinguish when large quantities are involved. Such fires are also productive of much more intense heat than is found in ordinary cases and fire departments are neatly handicapped in combating them. As a rule little can be done but to try to keep the flames from spreading to surrounding property. An insurance company has prepared a list of safeguards that are worth reprinting and are as follows: Storage tanks for fuel oil in factory yards or in the vicinity of large values or in congested areas should not be above ground and even when underground should be…

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