Storing flammable liquids at home is a dangerous business. Were a canister or container of flammable liquid to ignite, it can engulf a home in a deadly fireball. It is important to adhere to proper safety procedures to protect your home. Here are Accident Advice Helpline’s top 5 safety tips to storing flammable liquids at home.
- Keep out of direct sunlight
Exposure to direct sunlight is enough to ignite a flammable liquid. It is vital that any flammable liquids such as barbecue lighter fluid are kept out of direct sunlight.
- When not in use, seal the juice
Various flammable liquids are used in everyday work tasks such as the use of white spirits for cleaning purposes. It is important that when not in use, these containers are sealed immediately to prevent a buildup of vapour escaping the container, liable to ignite and cause serious damage.
- Don’t let it go up in smoke
Probably the most common sense piece of advice when it comes to handling and storing flammable liquids is to avoid smoking near containers. Smoking near an open container can cause an instant fireball and you should never smoke near an open container of flammable liquids and it is recommended that you don’t smoke even in the vicinity of closed containers as a rogue cigarette but could potentially burn through the container.
- Store in well-ventilated areas
It’s important to store any flammable liquids in well-ventilated areas in order to prevent the buildup of vapour. Even a closed container leaks a small amount of vapour and can build up over an extended period of time. Storing in a well-ventilated area can help to disperse the vapour buildup.
- Store in limited quantities
A simple yet effective piece of advice is not to store too many flammable liquids. Only store flammable liquids that are absolutely necessary and which are used regularly. Others should be disposed of properly at a local refuse site or recyling centre in order to mitigate the damage in the event that flammable liquids catch fire.
Accidents at work with flammable liquids
It’s safe to say that even stricter standards should be applied to your place of work. If you’ve suffered burns as the result of improperly stored flammable liquids within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice