Fire Hazards of Plastics

Issue 4 and Volume 112.

Fire Hazards of Plastics THE MANUFACTURE of synthetic resins, the basic material of the plastics industry; the fabricating of plastic products and the increasing use of plastics in building construction, all present some fire hazards. In comparison, the finished plastic product normally found in the home poses but little danger. Some examples of the hazards of the industry are covered in this installment. Five employees were killed and more than 30 injured when a dust explosion and fire destroyed the Makalot Plastics plant in Waltham, Mass., on March 6, 1948. The force of the blast was felt for miles around and many window panes were either blown in or sucked out by the concussion. The plant manufactured plastic molding powders for use in making dishes, radio cabinets and similar articles. Chief among the round-the-clock operations carried on were; Resin-making, hammermilling to pulverize the resins and blending to mix the powdered…

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