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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 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 designated for flammable gases. All gas cylinders should be secured in racks or other method that will prevent the cylinders from falling over.
  • Doors leading to areas where materials are stored that present fire hazards should have signage alerting to the hazards that are present.
  • If applicable, use only 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.