Fire Safety Tips: Safely Storing Flammable Liquids

Fire Safety Tips: Safely Storing Flammable Liquids  

One of the major causes of household fires is flammable liquids. These include gasoline, acetone, benzene, lacquer thinner, alcohol, turpentine, contact cements, paint thinner, kerosene, and charcoal lighter fluid. The most dangerous of all is gasoline. 

Fire Safety Status Check

To be safe, you should be able to answer “yes” to the following statements.  

  • Flammable liquids are stored in properly labeled, tightly closed non glass containers. 
  • These products are stored away from heaters, furnaces, water heaters, ranges, and other gas appliances. 
  • Flammable liquids are stored out of reach of children. 
Safety Tips 
  • Take extra precautions in storing and using flammable liquids, such as gasoline, paint thinners, etc. They produce invisible, explosive vapors that can ignite by a small spark at considerable distances from the flammable substance. Store them outside the house.

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