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Why Do Chemical Plants Have to Use Explosion-Proof Lights

Chemical plants, unlike regular factories, handle chemically unstable substances that can easily undergo dangerous chemical reactions under certain conditions, leading to toxic exposure and explosions. Since lighting fixtures inevitably produce electrical sparks or extremely hot surfaces during operation, they pose a significant risk of igniting explosive gases and dust in the production or emergency response areas, directly endangering lives and national property. Explosion-proof lights are designed to prevent internal arcs, sparks, and high temperatures from igniting the surrounding flammable gases and dust, meeting stringent explosion-proof standards.

Explosion in the Chemical Industry Park of Xiangshui County, Yancheng City

March 21, 2019, will forever be a dark day in Chinese history.

On this day, a massive explosion occurred in the Xiangshui County Ecological Chemical Industrial Park in Yancheng, Jiangsu. It was the most severe explosion in China since the 2015 “Tianjin Port 8.12 Explosion” and the only “major accident” in recent years in the country. The explosion at the Tianjiayi Chemical Plant sent shockwaves across the region. The immense mushroom cloud, roaring flames, billowing smoke, and scenes of people fleeing in terror, bleeding, and weeping were harrowing. The explosion affected 16 nearby companies. By March 23, 7 AM, the incident had resulted in 64 deaths, with 21 critically injured and 73 seriously injured. Of the 64 deceased, 26 had been identified, while the identities of 38 remained unconfirmed, and there were 28 reported missing persons. Given the situation, the number of casualties could rise further.

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Behind these numerous accidents lies a widespread lack of awareness about the hazards of chemical plants and the importance of appropriate lighting. Safety precautions in lighting at chemical plants are crucial as they are linked to the very survival of these facilities. Those familiar with the chemical industry understand the dangers of chemical materials. Fire is a major risk in chemical plants, and the potential sources of ignition are varied and often unpredictable, much like the rain – we never know when it might start or stop. This unpredictability also applies to lighting fixtures, which can trigger fires at any moment.

The mandate for explosion-proof lighting in chemical plants exists for good reasons. Cost-cutting measures leading to the purchase of cheap, low-quality lighting have caused numerous accidents. In such hazardous areas, strict requirements for high-quality, protective lighting fixtures are essential for safety. Choosing lights with fire, dust, corrosion, gas, and flammable protection not only maximizes efficiency and saves energy but also ensures peace of mind. Our factory specializes in selling explosion-proof lighting specifically designed for chemical plants, offering direct manufacturer sales with quality and after-sales guarantees.

Many manufacturers argue that explosion-proof lights are too expensive, claiming they could install two regular lights for the price of one explosion-proof light. However, have they considered the consequences of an accident? How will worker safety be ensured? Chemical plants, being such critical facilities, cannot afford even a hint of complacency.



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