Can Office Chairs Explode? (Myth or Truth) It is the worst nightmare anyone cannot even think of. It is even hard to imagine that you are busy working and suddenly your office chair explodes.
Tell us, have you faced this situation ever in your life? I have never met this accident before, all thanks to God, and I wish everyone’s safety.
So, is this some sort of rumor or office chairs explosion do happen?
Although modern chairs (office chairs & gaming chairs) are made under international manufacturing standard so that it does not cause any mishap, indeed, chair explosion rarely happens.
Office Chair Explosion – Fact Check
However, the possibility of the explosion of an office chair is quite low as there are very few cases recorded of this accident, so it should not be a big concern. In regards to office chairs, the gas cylinders that are generally used for adjusting seat height & backrest are a major threat. If office chairs are not properly maintained and most importantly excessive pressure on any of the gas cylinders put the chair at risk.
Let’s take a look at the causes of which office chair could explode and what should be the prevention measures from your side.
What is the reason for the office chair explosion?
It is kind of absurd for some that how could an office chair explode and then the question arises why it happens. The first thing that comes into play is chair quality or the quality of materials like some manufacturers compromise on the quality of the airlift/gas cylinder in the chair to cut off costs.
The canister of air or gas fitted under the chair generates enough pressure by getting compressed helps to adjust the chair’s height and if the seal does not reduce the pressure this could lead to a serious explosion. Manufacturers who use pressurized gas in place of pressurized air in the desk chair can make the situation dangerous.
Causes of Office Chair Explosion
- The issue may escalate with the seat height is at its lowest and pressure is at its peak
- The chair’s base also counts as it bears enough stress, with a faulty base, it is not safe at all
- Poorly manufactured chair
- Loosen joints or pistons also increase the risk
- Damaged gas cylinders
- Excessive use of chair (if it is not high quality)
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How to prevent office chairs from exploding?
After some horrible accidents of office chair explosions in 2008 and 2013, top-producing companies have started to conduct tests to ensure users’ safety with office chairs. Certainly, countries like Europe, the US, Australia & China have quite strict safety standards, but the risk is still there which requires considering safety aspects to prevent serious incidents.
- Good Quality Chair from a Reputable Brand
You may know that credible manufacturers pay special attention to the quality of chair models so that they can maintain their reputation in the market. Investing in premium quality chairs is a win-win situation in terms of safety and durability. It is also important to do thorough research and only go for steel seals and qualified gas cylinders.
Do inspect the chair properly before you make a purchase, any unusual sound from the office chair is not acceptable at all.
- Repair Gas Cylinder on an Immediate Basis
You should not ignore any damaging part in your chair to prevent any dangerous incident, especially pay attention to replacing the gas cylinder regularly to make your chair safe and durable. Similarly, you should not buy chairs that have a gas cylinder with air pressure, prefer buying a gas cylinder filled with nitrogen gas.
- Choose Carefully & Use it Properly
To prevent an office chair from explosion or accident, use it for sitting comfortably, not for the stunt. It is crucial to choose the right chair according to your working environment and use it as per the company’s instructions, regular maintenance of the chair is the best safety measure.