Flammable and combustible liquids are usually used in offices
in small quantities. Materials such as adhesives, correcting
fluids, aerosol containers, and cleaning products are highly
flammable. Although only small quantities of liquids are used,
many accidents can and do occur.
Although the liquids themselves do not burn, they continually
give off ignitable vapours which; being heavier than air,
creep along the floor and can catch fire easily from a source
of ignition, such as electric sparks.
The fire hazards of flammable and combustible liquids can
be minimized by following the fire safety rules:
Use nonflammable substitutes whenever possible.
Know the location of your nearest extinguisher suitable
for liquid fires (Class B).
Keep occupants informed of flammable and combustible liquid
hazards by posting safety precautions and the clear labeling
Never store flammable and combustible liquids close to stoves
or heated pipes, nor expose them to the rays of the sun
or to other sources of heat.
Do not permit storage of flammable and combustible liquids
in open containers. Use approved containers and be sure
they are closed after each use.
Wherever possible, keep the approved containers in either
a storage cabinet or a storage room.
Only keep small quantities on hand sufficient for
your daily operations.
In areas where flammable vapours may be present under normal
operating conditions, all electrical wiring and equipment
should be of the 'ExplosionProof' type, proper ventilation
should be provided, and only indirect heat should be used