A New Garage Hazard

A New Garage Hazard

The Hudson Inspection Bureau in a letter to its subscribers says:

“Subscribers are informed that during our recent inspection of automobile garages in this territory we have in several instances discovered an apparently new and serious hazard which we feel should be known to companies interested in this class of business. For some time past there has been a demand for a method of cleaning oily automobile machinery effectively without dismantling. To meet this demand a gasoline spraying machine has been placed on the market. This machine is made of galvanized iron and resembles a 2 1/2 gallon chemical extinguisher in appearance. It is provided with about 5 feet of 1/4-inch rubber hose, a 1/8-inch nozzle, a pressure gauge and an air pump fastened to the tank. For cleaning purposes about two gallons of gasoline are placed in the tank and then an air pressure of from 50 to 150 pounds is pumped up. To clean the automobile parts from one to two gallons of gasoline under pressure is sprayed on the machine parts of the automobile to be cleaned. It is understood that, after a car has been sprayed, the gasoline is allowed to vaporize and the vapor to blow away before the machine is started. Notwithstanding this supposed method of procedure, several fires have occurred due to a premature starting of the automobile. At some garages this is done inside of the building and at others it is done in the street. That this is an exceedingly hazardous process it need only to be remembered that every pint of gasoline vaporized will make 200 cubic feet of air explosive, and that this method of handling gasoline is especially conducive to rapid vaporization. Hereafter where this hazard is found to exist note of the same will be made in our publications, and where no such note appears we would recommend that a warranty be attached to policies to the effect that no cleaning of automobiles or automobile parts by the means of gasoline spray shall be done on the premises.”

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