Dust Related IT Failures

Dust impacts more than just your allergies and health. Many IT Professionals say dust buildup causes computers to overheat. In fact, in 2012, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said that the accumulation of dust caused a flash fire in New Jersey. Here’s the article:

CSB: Poor Design, Failure to Test Dust Collection System Among Causes of U.S. Ink Flash Fire

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said that a flash fire that burned seven workers, one seriously, at a U.S. Ink plant in New Jersey in 2012 was the result of an accumulation of combustible dust inside a poorly designed dust collection system that had been put into operation only four days before the accident. Click here for the full article.

Several IT related websites give consumers warnings about dust buildup and recommend regular (monthly or quarterly) cleanings of computers, servers, laptops, mice, and keyboards.

PC MD Computer Services details the effects of dust and dirt on hardware:79dc13_c4f6d138d29e495099ac1ff28038cfbc “Dust & Dirt Dust is truly an enemy of any PC, may it be a desktop, laptop, or netbook, If the dust has a way in it can do damage. Dust acts like a blanket to warm your computers sensitive electronics. Over time the buildup of dust can affect the reliability and most definitely shorten the life expectancy of the device. Protect your investment by keeping it clean and free of dust buildup.”

Jason Artman of Demand Media wrote in the Small Business Chronicle about what can happen if a computer has an excess buildup of dirt & dust. “Dust can wreak far more havoc on the inside of a computer than on the outside. It is crucial to prevent dust and dirt from building up inside your computer, as it can cause permanent visible damage to some components and cause others to fail.”

HowToGeek.com answers the question: Can dust actually damage my computer? Their website says that “thousands of hours per year of fan-driven air movement combined with electrostatic charges make computers veritable dust magnets.”

Hewlett Packard actually has a step by step guide on reducing dust in your PC. Check it out here.

However, none of these websites discuss Dust Mitigation, or collecting the dust instead of spreading it around. Using just a can of compressed air to clean out a PC? Where do you think all the dust goes? Into the air, which means it can go right back into the PC after you’ve rebooted, or worse, it can cause health issues for you or a coworker. Using just a vacuum? You’re leaving behind a lot of dried dust that doesn’t come off of surfaces because its stuck or dried.

Before you clean another computer, order your very own Dust Bender. It’s a revolutionary dust mitigation tool that combines the powerful blasts for canned air with the suction power of a vacuum.Don’t clean your PC without it!

Coming up, I’ll share my friend’s near death experience and the valuable lessons she learned with dusting at work.

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