Methane fires, explosions in livestock facilities

Fire Engineering
June 05, 2012
By Fire Engineering
An example of manure pit foam.
An example of manure pit foam.

June 5, 2012 – Methane fires and explosions are growing issues for rural firefighters with livestock confinement facilities in their response area.

The fires and explosions can occur when a thick foam forms on the surface of the manure in holding pits below the facility. The foam is a concern to firefighters because the bubbles in this foam are filled with a combination of manure pit gases, including methane, a major concern relative to fire and explosion. READ MORE

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