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.