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Explosion Proof Fittings In locations specified by the NEC© (Articles 510 through 517) as explosion-hazardous, you must install explosionproof  fittings.  Locations  are  classed  by number  in  descending  order  of  danger:  Class  1, Division 1, highly hazardous; Class 1, Division 2, slightly less hazardous; and so on. As an example of explosionproofing, in a gasoline filling station, the pump island is classed as Class 1, Division 1. All the conduits in this area must be sealed with a special sealing fitting. On conduit for lights above the pumps, the sealing fitting must be located at a height of not less than 4 feet above the driveway surface. No junction boxes (explained in the NEC©) or Condulets may be used in the pump area. Conduits running from pumps to panels in the building must be sealed not less than 18 inches above the finished floor of the building to avoid fumes from the gasoline pumps. An approved seal must be installed on any conduit entering or leaving a dispensing pump or the enclosure on the pump island. Inside the building of a gasoline station, the Class 1, Division 1, space extends 18 inches above the floor. Space above the 18-inch level is classed as Class 1, Division  2. Paint spray booths are listed as Class 1, Division 1. Therefore all fixtures (exhaust fans, air compressors, or other  electrical  appliances)  located  in  such  booths  must be explosionproof, as well as all switches, convenience outlets, and motor starters. Figure 5-58.—Explosionproof fluorescent fixture. Figure 5-59.—Explosionproof incandescent fixture. Figure  5-58  shows  an  explosionproof  fluorescent lighting fixture for installation in a paint spray room. In this fixture, the fluorescent tubes are sealed in a larger glass tube. The four-tube seal ends can be seen in the figure. The ballast (explained in NEC© Article 410, Part P) is enclosed in the container above the tube seals. Figure 5-59 shows an explosionproof incandescent lighting  fixture;  figure  5-60  shows  an  explosionproof on-and-off switch for lighting. When   the   interior   wiring   system   has   been completely installed, make an overall inspection to be Figure 5-60.—Explosionproof ON-and-OFF lighting switch. 5-31



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