A fire is one of the most devastating things that can happen in a person’s life. Whether at a home or a business property, avoiding a fire is top of most people’s priorities. Not only is the genuine threat to human life, but everything from expensive work equipment to precious family heirlooms are vulnerable to fire. The importance of fire safety cannot be overstated.

As a general rule, we are suitably prepared when it comes to preventing fires. However, there is one area which we could probably improve upon – disposing of flammable liquids safely.

You may be surprised about the number of household products that pose a fire risk if not disposed of, or stored, correctly. These include:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Aerosol cans
  • Nail polish/remover
  • Linseed oil
  • Turpentine/Paint thinner
  • Hand sanitiser

The following guide will help you make sensible choices when it comes to storing and disposing of flammable liquids safely.

Storing flammable liquids safely

All containers of flammable liquids should be clearly labelled (what type of liquid is it etc) and stored out of the way, ideally in a fire-proof storage cabinet. Obviously, you will also need to make sure that they are stored out of the way – clear from thoroughfares, exits and stairwells.

It is also important to be aware of various ignition sources when it comes to planning on where to store your flammable liquids. You will want to be well clear of areas that might have contact with: cigarettes/cigars, hot surfaces, sparks from electrical tools, static electricity or open flames (such as from pilot lights or heating units).

If your containers are stored safely, away from these areas and properly sealed, you will have gone a long way to preventing fires at your property.

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Disposing of flammable liquids Safely

While it may be tempting, it is important that you don’t pour these flammable liquids down the drain, even in ‘small quantities. This poses a huge fire risk and can cause major environmental damage.

When it comes to disposing of flammable liquids safely, the best thing you can do is to either speak to a professional waste company, who will be able to dispose of the liquids for you, or to find a local hazardous waste disposal service by entering your postcode on the government website. They will be able to advise you on where you can take these various flammables.

Ideal Response Can Help

If you need any help disposing of flammable liquids Ideal Response are fully licenced waste carriers with over 20 years of experience. Ideal Response are on hand 24/7 and are open 365 days of the year and with our rapid response service we can be onsite within 2-4hrs giving you complete peace of mind.

For more information on how Ideal Response can help you, visit our page and give us a call for a FREE No-Obligation Quote for Hazardous Waste Removal.

If you have had a fire, we have a dedicated team that will be able to assist you and will give you first class advice and support. With all our services we offer a FREE No-Obligation Quote. For more information visit our Fire Damage Service.

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