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Class I locations. In the first class are those facilities where explosive gases and vapors can be expected to be present in the normal course of operations. 

The NFPA Location Classification Scheme and What It Means for Lighting

The National Fire Protection Association does a great deal of important work aimed at keeping people all over the United States safer. Among the group's most important initiatives are those that set the safety standards industrial businesses and others follow.

The NFPA's classification of industrial facilities according to the dangers most typical of each, for example, allow those who operate such businesses to be confident of doing everything possible to maximize safety. An understanding of what each NFPA location classification implies with regard to industrial lighting fixtures can make it simple to select the most suitable possible products for a given facility.

Classifying Hazards and Improving Safety Levels in the Process

There are many different types of hazards that can potentially be encountered in industrial settings. The NFPA identifies those that involve the threat of explosions as some of the most dangerous of all, and it groups facilities where these issues could be present into three separate classes:

Class I locations. In the first class are those facilities where explosive gases and vapors can be expected to be present in the normal course of operations. These locations will almost always merit the installation of explosion proof lighting in any place where such dangers might be likely. Even if it should never actually be needed, lighting of this type provides a level of protection whose value can never be overlooked.

Class II locations. A further class of environments includes all those where it is concentrated, flammable dust that contributes to the danger of explosion, instead of gases and vapors. Many agricultural facilities or grain processing and storage structures, for example, fall into this group. Once again, hazardous location lighting that is designed to account for the potential for explosion will almost always be necessary.


Class III locations. The final NFPA class includes all places where flammable fibers are commonly found, though not typically in airborne concentrations such that explosions will be likely. Even so, emergency lighting installed in such locations will normally account for the underlying dangers.

Lighting That Can Make Explosions Less Dangerous

In any of these types of facilities, installing an appropriate sort of hazardous location LED lighting can help reduce the dangers associated with even serious explosions. By providing lighting that can be relied upon even after such a violent, destructive event occurs, fixtures like these can raise safety levels significantly. That can easily turn out to be one of the most important results of all when an emergency does occur.