Danger of explosion?

From:Sylvia Kuhn

Dear Melissa and histonetters,

I read your answer to Deb Lane about benchtop fume hoods and I have another 
question concerning xylene in electric devices: Is there any security 
problem with highly flammable liquids as xylene and "normal" fume hoods or 
incubators that are not explosion proof? I recently bought an incubator in 
which we will melt a paraffin-xylene mix to 60°C. The room inside is not 
explicitly stated as free of sparks. Does somebody else consider this 
security problem - or can I just ignore it?



Sylvia Kuhn
Max-Planck-Forschungsstelle für Ornithologie
Arbeitsgruppe Fidler
Postfach 1564
D-82305 Starnberg-Seewiesen
Tel.: +49 8157 932 228
Fax.: +49 8157 932 209

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