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Old 12-07-2016, 05:30 PM
 
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So very sad, right before Christmas as well.


Bronx radiator explosion kills two baby girls - NY Daily News
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Old 12-07-2016, 06:09 PM
 
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Truly sad and unfortunate to hear about something happening to two precious angels.
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Old 12-08-2016, 05:04 AM
 
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Very sad story!
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Old 12-08-2016, 06:33 AM
 
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A couple guys on a "steam heating" forum were thinking what happened here. All things point to there being a breach in the steam system, and the kids being suffocated by the steam. Steam is dangerous. HIGH PRESSURE steam is VERY dangerous. If you're a homeowner with steam heating, I'd look into the pressure of your steam heating. I have mine set to cut out at <2psi. The lower the steam pressure is, the faster it can move, the more efficient your system is as well.
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Old 12-08-2016, 06:52 AM
 
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Suffocation actually makes sense, because if the babies were being burned by the steam, it would have been very painful, and they would have been crying at the top of their lungs. That would have woken up their father, who was asleep in another room.
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Old 12-08-2016, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Bronx
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This happened to me one time. Stream mechanism exploded and room became full of steam. Had to me one time. I called the fire fighters right away. However I was able to reach the valve and shut it off.
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Old 12-08-2016, 08:44 AM
 
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no offense but those two looked like they had no business having kids..

RIP little ones.
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Old 12-08-2016, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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A couple guys on a "steam heating" forum were thinking what happened here. All things point to there being a breach in the steam system, and the kids being suffocated by the steam. Steam is dangerous. HIGH PRESSURE steam is VERY dangerous. If you're a homeowner with steam heating, I'd look into the pressure of your steam heating. I have mine set to cut out at <2psi. The lower the steam pressure is, the faster it can move, the more efficient your system is as well.

We have a "vacuum steam" system. I had never heard of it before but if you open a line it sucks air IN. It is a lower temperature steam system.
Pretty cool, with a refrigerator sized vacuum pump.


Apartment on Commerce Street was run of the mill steam system with a tightwad landlord. We were on the top floor and the boiler kicked on at 6 AM but JUST as the heat hit our radiator it cycled off. So I took to removing the valve to get the steam up faster.


But steam can be quite dangerous...I burned my hand once and the pain is UNBELIEVABLE. (Poor kids.)
Once I forgot to put it back and we left.
Coming home it was a rain forest with paint peeling off the ceiling and sopping walls.
We moved soon after...landlord was happy to see rent controlled tenants moving so no ramifications.


But steam is dangerous and steam burns are unbelievably painful, I once burned my hand. My heart goes out to those two kids.
That piping/radiator system must have been a corroded mess to blow apart like that.
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Old 12-08-2016, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Awful. The family was homeless, now their kids get burned to death around the holidays. Stories like this make me want to retreat to a cave and never hear the news again. RIP to the kids. The devastation to the parents must be unimaginable.
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Old 12-08-2016, 02:28 PM
 
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A couple guys on a "steam heating" forum were thinking what happened here. All things point to there being a breach in the steam system, and the kids being suffocated by the steam. Steam is dangerous. HIGH PRESSURE steam is VERY dangerous. If you're a homeowner with steam heating, I'd look into the pressure of your steam heating. I have mine set to cut out at <2psi. The lower the steam pressure is, the faster it can move, the more efficient your system is as well.

There isn't nor should there be a residential or even commercial building heated with high pressure steam.


The Empire State building is heated with steam at below or just 3psi.


It is as you've stated, the "Dead Men" of long ago determined that lower pressure is best for heating for reasons given.
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