Storing flammable items in your home can be tricky. But with a little know-how, you can keep your household safe. To help you out, we’ve come up with some simple guidelines for you to follow when handling flammable materials.

Always Use Proper Containers

The first thing to always remember about flammable materials is the use of proper containers. Storing flammable items in everyday containers such as milk jugs, Tupperware, and old cans will be problematic. Instead, you need to use Factory Mutual-certified safety containers to mitigate risk.

Keep Away From High Heat or Sunlight

Exposing flammable materials to high heat or direct sunlight creates a dangerous situation. This goes for any time of the year, though the summer is always the most dangerous time to do this. Even if you have them in safety containers, you still want to avoid getting these flammable items too close to these sources of heat.

Store in a Well-Ventilated Area

As you’ve probably seen or been guilty of, many homeowners store flammable materials in out-of-the-way places such as a basement or garage. This causes a hazard because these areas typically aren’t well ventilated. To be entirely safe, store these items in a well-ventilated room that’s detached from your house.

Keep Away from Sources of Ignition

There are a variety of ignition sources around your home, including your vehicles and appliances, such as washers and dryers. HVAC systems and water heaters may also cause a spark. You should never store flammable materials near these types of things. And, of course, don’t place them in areas where someone might be smoking.

Store Containers Out of Reach

Keeping your containers on the ground or on a low shelf is definitely convenient, but it’s a bad idea. Kids and even pets could get into them and hurt themselves or others. Always store flammable materials high enough that children won’t be able to reach them.

If you have any questions about how to safely handle flammable items or are in need of HVAC services, contact the friendly professionals at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today. We’ve been serving Indianapolis and the surrounding areas since 1970.

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