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How to Store Combustible Liquids

flammable liquids A combustible liquid is one with a flash point of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with the flash point being the lowest temperature at which the vapors from a material will ignite. Liquids with a flash point of less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit are technically considered “flammable.” This post will cover both combustible and flammable liquids. The National Fire Protection Agency sets forth rules in NFPA 30: Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code (“NFPA 30”) to reduce the hazards associated with the storage, handling, and use of combustible and flammable liquids . For an in-depth understanding of how to store combustible...
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Tips for purchasing a security safe

security safe When you are searching for a new safe to store valuable and important items in your home, there are a number factors to consider, including the type of safe that is appropriate for the items you would like to safeguard. For example, a gun safe is appropriate for firearms but unnecessary for documents like social security cards and birth certificates. In addition to selecting a safe based on its intended use, you may want to take into consideration the following criteria when purchasing a new safe for the storage of your valuables and essential documents. Fire Rating Most safes have...
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Protect your condo before your next vacation

condominium fire Many condominium owners have an action plan to follow in the case that their home catches fire while they are at the property. But what happens if your condo unit catches fire while you’re not there? Do you have a plan of action for that scenario? When leaving your home unattended for several days at a time, it is important to have a plan in place to help protect your residence. You do things like tell your neighbor that you really trust that you’ll be out of town. You might hire a house or dog sitter to keep an eye...
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Learn about portable fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers   Purchasing a new portable fire extinguisher for your home or business can be a daunting task if you don’t know much about extinguishers.  Different extinguishers are designed to combat specific types and sizes of fires. Do you know what type of extinguisher would work best for protecting a fireplace, versus which would work best for a kitchen grease fire? This review of the different types of fire extinguishers will help you to determine which one works best for you. Types of Fires The first concept to understand is that there are different classes, or types, of fires. Fire classifications...
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Impact of the Chicago Fire of 1874

1874 Fire Before fireproofing, fire-resistant materials and fire sprinkler systems existed, the majority of buildings in Chicago had virtually no fire protection. Fires that burned down major parts of growing cities contributed to the need for regulated fire standards that would protect people and their structural property. One such fire was the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. After this fire killed 300 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed over 2,000 acres of land, Chicago was prompted to implement stricter codes for fire safety and for building standards. How, then, did a similar fire cause so much damage again just three years later?...
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