Tips for Placing Flammable Safety Cabinets

Jul. 26, 2021

When you own a facility, it is your responsibility to protect your workers from accidents and injuries, so it is important to have flammable safety cabinets on site. These fireproof cabinets are designed to prevent flammable and combustible liquids from reaching temperatures that can cause spontaneous combustion. To place your safety cabinets in the proper location, make sure industrial safety cabinets are away from panels and electrical outlets, free of welding or grinding nearby, and away from smoking areas.

 

Tips for Placing Flammable Safety Cabinets

Location is one of the most important considerations when equipping your facility with flammable safety cabinets. Do not place anything in the exit path. A fire in or near a cabinet can make emergency escape routes difficult to access, putting the lives of employees at risk.

 

Safety cabinets should also not be placed under stairs. A good rule of thumb is to place flammable safety cabinets in areas where they are least likely to interfere with emergency evacuation.

Safety Cabinet

 Safety Cabinet

It is tempting to place your safety cabinets on pallets, as this is likely how they will reach your facility. However, doing so violates OSHA regulations and goes against the manufacturer's installation recommendations. Storing flammable safety cabinets on wooden pallets increases the risk of fire. If the wood ignites, the cabinet could tip over and expose flammable chemicals to the flames. The pallets also provide additional height to the cabinet, which may cause internal temperatures to rise faster than during product fire testing.

 

Flammable safety cabinets should be stored on a level surface; pallets are often not level. The tray also prevents you from grounding the cabinet.

Flammable safety cabinets not only protect their contents from fire, they also give your employees time to leave the area before things get worse. Keep your safety cabinets away from potential sources of ignition, such as electrical panels and power outlets. In addition, make sure that activities such as welding and grinding are not performed near safety cabinets and that smoking areas are kept away from areas where flammable liquids or chemicals are used or stored.

 Slender Safety Cabinet

  Slender Safety Cabinet

Protect your workers from occupational hazards

Safety cabinets with self-closing doors are the safest option for your facility. Your employees may not always close the doors when using the safety cabinets. In the event of a fire, they won't be able to access it. When you use a flammable safety cabinet with a self-closing door, the fuse will melt when the temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, causing the door to slam shut.

 

Another aspect of protecting your employees is knowing when to ground the flammable safety cabinet. Every Justrite flammable liquid safety cabinet includes external grounding tabs, which you will need when dispensing Class 1 flammable liquids inside the cabinet. Grounding is also a good idea when your workers dispense Class 2 flammable liquids, but only when the liquid is near its flash point temperature. It's better to be safe than sorry, so grounding flammable safety cabinets is never a bad idea. If you want to get more information about best safety cabinet wholesale, welcome to contact us today or request a quote. 


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