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Class III Areas

such as motors

From the NEC:

503.125 Motors and Generators — Class III, Divisions 1 and 2.

In Class III, Divisions 1 and 2 locations, motors, generators, and other rotating machinery shall be totally enclosed nonventilated, totally enclosed pipe ventilated, or totally enclosed fan cooled.
Exception: In locations where, in the judgment of the authority having jurisdiction, only moderate accumulations of lint or flyings are likely to collect on, in, or in the vicinity of a rotating electric machine and where such machine is readily accessible for routine cleaning and maintenance, one of the following shall be permitted:

(a) Self-cleaning textile motors of the squirrel-cage type
(b) Standard open-type machines without sliding contacts, centrifugal or other types of switching mechanisms, including motor overload devices
(c) Standard open-type machines having such contacts, switching mechanisms, or resistance devices enclosed within tight housings without ventilating or other openings
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