Handling and Storage of Flammable Materials
Extra packing boxes stored in the wrong place, close to ignition sources, are combustibles. Chemicals stored near work areas are also an extremely dangerous situation as the probability of a flammable occurrence is increased. Explosion resistant drums and cabinets are also combustibles.
While it is easier to store bottles of cleaners and chemicals close to work sites, it is a dangerous practice. It is also dangerous to store flammable containers, and reactive and explosive chemicals in shipping cartons unless the containers or cartons are flame-resistant. Storage boxes are inexpensive but carry a higher risk of flammable situations. It is recommended to use storage cabinets, they can get expensive however, the price of a fire is much more costly.
To effectively reduce the risk of a potential fire, we suggest keeping extra inventory of flammables to a minimum. Less storage space is needed, and potential fuel sources for a fire are decreased.