4 Facts You Need to Know About Flammable Safety Cabinets

Flammable Cabinet

“We didn’t start the fire” might be just a catchy line from a song. But it could also be your mantra if you work in an industry that utilizes flammable or combustible liquids. Whether you use these products for cleaning, maintenance or manufacturing purposes, it’s pretty certain you already understand that you cannot put a price on safety.

However, there might be a few things you didn’t know about flammable liquids, storage and safety cabinets. We’ll take you through the steps of a flammable liquid “safety dance,” and help you make sure that nobody starts the fire in your space.

Flammable Safety Cabinet Facts

1. A Life-or-Death Decision

A 2014 report from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) states that between 2007-2011, flammable or combustible liquid ignition started more than 150,000 fires per year. These fires led to serious casualties and billions of dollars in property damages. While many of these devastating fires happened in residential areas, a large number of them happened in other spaces, like office buildings and factories. Proper storage of materials in an approved flammable safety cabinet could prevent most of these fires.

2. Color Coded for Your Safety

Safety cabinets house a number of different materials that need to be carefully contained and protected. If you aren’t sure what type of hazardous material is inside a particular cabinet, finding out is as easy as noting the cabinet’s color. Four standard colors indicate the kind of substances each cabinet is meant for.

  • Red – This indicates paints, inks, or other similar combustible liquids.
  • Blue  In blue cabinets, you will find corrosive liquids.
  • Green – These cabinets house toxic pesticides and insecticides.
  • Yellow – The most common and universally accepted cabinet color, yellow indicates the presence of flammable liquids, like these Justrite safety cabinets.

3. Open the Door to Safety

One key factor in selecting a flammable safety cabinet is determining whether or not you are required to have a self-closing door. While there are no national standards regarding self-closing doors, some state and local regulations necessitate them. Our safety cabinet supplier, Justrite, has put together a valuable manual on selecting the right cabinet for your needs, including door type.

4. Compliance or Consequence?

Compliance is important in any industry, but it is essential when it comes to hazardous and potentially deadly materials. But while you may maintain compliance with federal regulations from the NFPA and OSHA, it’s still possible that your business is out of compliance with local or state regulations concerning issues like grounding screws and ventilation. Bottom line: before storing any flammable materials, check all regulations – federal, state and local – as well as product standards and recommendations. EHS Today has a great one-stop article on selecting the right cabinet to keep you compliant.

Find the Right Flammable Safety Cabinet for Your Facility

What it boils down to is that proper storage of flammable liquids could mean the difference between safety and disaster, success and devastating loss, and of course, life and death. If you have questions or concerns about your flammable liquid storage, contact Ferguson Facilities Supply today to get safe and stay safe. Our safety team offers training courses on flammable and combustible liquids, as well as written program development of fire prevention plans. For a complete list of our safety offerings view our brochure.

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