Gas induced fire and explosion frequencies

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The use and handling of flammable gases poses a fire and explosion hazard to many DOE nuclear facilities. This hazard is not unique to DOE facilities. Each year over 2,900 non-residential structural fires occur in the U.S. where a gas is the first item ignited. Details from these events are collected by the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) through an extensive reporting network. This extensive data set (800,000 fires in non-residential structures over a 5-year period) is an underutilized resource within the DOE community. Explosions in nuclear facilities can have very severe consequences. The explosion can both damage the ... continued below

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Coutts, D.A. July 1, 1997.

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The use and handling of flammable gases poses a fire and explosion hazard to many DOE nuclear facilities. This hazard is not unique to DOE facilities. Each year over 2,900 non-residential structural fires occur in the U.S. where a gas is the first item ignited. Details from these events are collected by the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) through an extensive reporting network. This extensive data set (800,000 fires in non-residential structures over a 5-year period) is an underutilized resource within the DOE community. Explosions in nuclear facilities can have very severe consequences. The explosion can both damage the facility containment and provide a mechanism for significant radiological dispersion. In addition, an explosion can have significant worker safety implications. Because of this a quantitative frequency estimate for explosions in an SRS laboratory facility has been prepared using the NFIRS data. 6 refs., 1 tab.

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INIS; OSTI as DE97060217

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  • 1997 safety analysis workshop, Oakland, CA (United States), 9-13 Jun 1997

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  • Other: DE97060217
  • Report No.: WSRC-MS--97-0391
  • Report No.: CONF-970661--9
  • Grant Number: AC09-96SR18500
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 503450
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc692058

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Coutts, D.A. Gas induced fire and explosion frequencies, article, July 1, 1997; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc692058/: accessed July 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.