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Explosion-proof ventilation fans cost more than axial fans, but they offer the safest form of cooling for commercial and industrial applications. They should be used in any environment where gases, dust, and vapors are present in concentrated enough amounts to ignite or combust.
Paint booths (spray booths), in particular, generate fumes that can combust, damage the environment, and/or make a people sick. Explosion proof exhaust fans help filter paint fumes and reduce the likelihood of an explosion. Here are some tips about paint booth exhaust and safety: