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The Hidden Dangers of Compressed Air

January 30, 2017

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When it comes to creating and storing compressed air, Bi-State Air Compressor sells and maintains some of the most revered products in our industry . When it comes to utilizing this compressed air, however, this responsibility rests solely on the shoulders of our valued customers.

To help keep you safe as you put your compressor to work, Bi-State would like to take a moment to discuss the innate dangers of compressed air and how you can avoid unforeseen dangers that may come your way.

FACTS: Dangers of Compressed Air

Consider the amazing feats that air is capable of. In nature, it forms tornados and powers hurricanes. In its compressed form, it can hold up heavy pickup trucks and drive life-saving medical equipment . The strength and capability of air is incredible, to say the least.

So naturally, it takes a lot of responsibility to harness the energy of compressed air. Here are some facts to consider:

  1. Air that is forced into body tissue (such as when spraying air into your fingertip, arm or any other body part) can cause air bubbles to form in the bloodstream. These bubbles, when they reach the heart, lungs or brain, can be fatal to the victim.
  2. If aimed at a victim’s mouth, it only takes 5 pounds per square inch (PSI) to rupture the oesophagus or lungs. In comparison, a standard car tire holds 30-35 PSI.
  3. A minimum of 40 PSI expelled at 4 inches away from a person’s ear can rupture an ear drum and even cause brain damage.
  4. It only takes 12 PSI to detach a human eyeball from its eye socket.

Vigilance is Key When Using Compressed Air

When using compressed air, it is important to understand and respect the capabilities of this wielded power. To ensure the safety of yourself and those around you, avoid shooting compressed air at body parts, wear eye protection while compressed air is being used and always we aware of your surroundings, whether you’re utilizing compressed air at your home or on a job site.

Compressed air, when used responsibly, is a powerful tool capable of accomplishing many feats. If users become careless, however, compressed air can become a dangerous weapon. Your vigilance will keep you and those around you safe.

Thank you.

Bi-State Compressor, Inc.
1571 Fenpark Drive
Fenton, Missouri 63026

Phone: (636) 349-8333
Fax: (636) 349-1411

Should the need ever arise, we offer 24 hour emergency service.

Rental units are also in stock, available for immediate hook-up.