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This work presents an overview of IEEE 1349-2001, a Guide that assists individuals, organizations, and suppliers with the application of motors in Class I, Division 2 locations, where flammable gases and vapors may occasionally be present. Three-phase and single-phase ac synchronous and induction electric motors in sizes from fractional horsepower through 10 000 hp and beyond are covered in the Guide. Primary emphasis is on the use of general-purpose enclosures and precautions against excessive surface temperatures and sparking of rotor bars and enclosure joints. The Guide also provides guidance for maintaining the life-cycle integrity of motors in Division 2 locations. Existing codes and standards, such as the National Electrical Code, contain cautionary notes for general-purpose motor applications in Division 2 areas. This Guide documents industry experience and established practices for the application of general-purpose motors in Division 2 locations and provides guidance for applying motors in these locations. It is not a specification and is not intended to be used as a specification for purchasing motors installed in Division 2 locations. This paper does not replace the Guide, but should be used to supplement and understand the Guide. Significant motor temperature information is contained in the Guide including maximum recommended Division 2 exposed surface temperatures at full load. Manufacturers, users, and other industry experts worked about eight years to develop this consensus standard. It was approved by the IEEE-SA Standards Board in December 2001 and published in June 2002.