Highly flammable liquids and gases

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Highly flammable liquids are those that can be ignited at temperatures below 32°C.

When using these you must only get out the amount you need for the day and the liquids must be kept in a closed container. You should not work with flammable substances near naked flames or sparks. Any spillages must be cleared up immediately.

Examples of highly flammable liquids include the following.

  • Petrol.
  • Thinners.
  • Solvents.
  • Adhesives.

Compressed gas must be kept in an upright position when being used, transported or stored.

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) should be stored in fireproof compounds or cages, which will stop vapours from building up in the event of a leak.

Compounds should have a level base, good ventilation and be surrounded by secure fencing.

Never store LPG cylinders below ground in cellars or basements.