Does anyone know of any studies of fires in automotive repair facilities that breaks the causes into categories including blazes resulting from the vehicle undergoing repair?
You might contact USFA to see if they have a break down::
U.S. fire statistics
Reason for the question??
Good general overview but not enough drill down on non-residential statistics. Looking auto repair shop numbers.
Would give USFA a call and see if they have it broken down from the nfirs reports
and once again reason for the question?
Am investigating incidents of leak testing fuel vapor recovery systems with compressed air that have caused vehicle fires.
There are people in the auto service industry claiming that pressurizing the fuel system with compressed air poses no hazard.
I am seeking documented incidents that confirm or refute this claim.
I am wondering if that is an industry practice or something a few people have learned to do?
Earlier versions of the National Fire Incident Reporting System had a property use code that specifically identified motor vehicle repair or paint shops. In 2002, NFPA issued a report on fires in or at service stations and motor vehicle repair and paint shops. The section on motor vehicle and paint shops is attached. You might also be interested in
The distinction is not as precise in Version 5.0 of NFIRS, and this part of the report has not been updated. However, NFPA's 2011 report Fires at US Service Stations by Ben Evarts is available.
Ok so it looks like the "big 3" do test systems with compressed gas
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Guess if you do not follow instructions, or do not use an inert gas, or have a leak and the shop is not safe from ignition sources, there can be a fire.
Back in the nineties California began requiring that all new cars have systems to capture evaporating fuel so it didn't get into the atmosphere. They also required that these system be tested regularly for leaks to assure they were working properly. The machine you found is the type of equipment that was already being used to test for leaks in vacuum and other pressurized systems. But the car makers specified that co2 or nitrogen gas be used for EVAP testing. But because the machine also runs on compressed air cheap or lazy shops didn't bother with getting the required gas but continued to use compressed air instead. I'm trying to find out if there are any records anywhere of such use actually causing a fire.
Being an Ex Calif, and been around when they had crazy equipment on cars, prior to computers,
You might check with the California State Fire Marshal, to see if they have any records of fires.
Another place you might place the question is here::
Fire/Arson Investigations :: Fire/Arson Investigations
Statistics Regrading Autmotiove Shop Fires - Try NFPA's "Fires at U.S. Service Stations" report, Ben Evarts, April 2011.
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