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Proper Storage of Flammable or Combustible Liquids and Gases

Controlling the conditions that can ignite or fuel a fire is a primary component of laboratory fire prevention. To reduce the risk of fire, the following storage considerations for combustible or flammable liquids or gases should be followed:
  • Store flammable liquids in compliant containers, placed inside a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) approved cabinet, rather than on open shelving.
  • Store flammable gases in compliant cylinders located in a special room specifically for flammable gases. All gas cylinders should be secured in racks or by some other means.
  • Doors leading to areas where materials are stored that present a fire hazard should have signage alerting to the hazards that are present.
  • If required, use only approved refrigerators or freezers approved for storage of combustible or flammable liquids. Standard refrigerators can NOT be used and should be labeled to prohibit the storage of such liquids.
  • Eliminate ignition sources and excessive heat.
  • Limit the amount of flammable liquids or gases within general work areas to a one week working supply.
  • Properly segregate incompatible materials.