Why are special storage requirements needed for flammable liquids in industrial operations?

December 7, 2021

by Nils Deacon, Manager, Inspections and Rating Services

Various industrial operations, including vehicle repair and body shops, use paints and other agents that have very low flash points. This means they ignite at low temperatures when exposed to an ignition source. The ignition sources can vary from static electricity to welding activities.

NFPA 30, The Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, and NFPA 30A address the need for proper handling and storage of flammable liquids in these settings.

Flammable liquid storage cabinets are required to properly store these liquids. They should be UL/FM listed and there is a limit to the number permitted in one fire area and the amount of flammable/combustible liquids stored.

DISCLAIMER: This information reflects the interpretation of MSO, Inc. with regard to NFPA Standards and Codes. It does not represent NFPA’s official position on the items discussed.