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Formalin Storage

Formalin should be stored in a well-ventilated area away from oxidizing agents. Formaldehyde gas can form explosive mixtures in air when the concentration exceeeds 7%, which could occur in the event of a fire.
Formalin should not be stored in the same cabinet as hydrochloric acid or chlorine-containing solutions, including bleach (sodium hypochorite). Chemical reactions between these substances could occur that would form a potent carcinogen, bis(chloromethyl) ether.