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Flammable & Combustible Liquids

Recently, to dramatize the danger of hauling gasoline in the trunk of a car, a test was conducted igniting ONE gallon of gasoline inside a car trunk — the resulting explosion blasted the trunk lid along with a huge fireball, some 80 feet into the air, with a force that would have killed anyone in that car.

Since you can't move fast enough to get away from an explosion, you had better do what's necessary to avoid one.

Handling flammable and combustible liquids is a common occurrence on construction projects. When you're the one that's handling them, do you follow proper guidelines, or do you tend to ignore and underestimate the dangers? To fully understand the real dangers of these liquids, you must know the difference between them.

A FLAMMABLE LIQUID like gasoline, lacquer thinner, alcohol, some paint thinners, etc. are much more volatile — their vapors can ignite below 100° F, even down to freezing and below.

A COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID such as fuel oil, kerosene, linseed oil, etc, must exceed 100° F in order to release enough vapors to ignite.

Whenever handling liquids in containers marked flammable or combustible, READ THE WARNING LABEL and remember, in addition to the danger of fire and explosion, there may be other serious health threats from these liquids–inhaling vapors, contact with skin, eyes, etc.

Listed safety containers are required for storing, handling and transporting of flammable or combustible liquids of any quantity.

 

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