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Environmental Health and Safety

Materials Storage

Combustible Storage

By storing excess combustible materials improperly, employees not only increase the potential for having a fire; they increase the potential severity of a fire. To reduce the hazards associated with combustible storage follow these guidelines:

  • Eliminate excess combustible materials such as wood, paper, and cardboard.
  • Do not store combustible materials in hallways, stairwells, or mechanical rooms.
  • When stacking combustible materials, leave at least 18 inches between the top of the stack and the ceiling or sprinkler head

Portable LPG

The Kansas State Fire Marshals Office regulates the sale and use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), including butane and propane. These regulations govern several types of LPG-powered equipment including the following:

  • Forklifts
  • Floor buffers
  • Cooking and heating equipment
  • Laboratory equipment

Exhaust fumes may contain carbon monoxide, which can present a health hazard. Exhaust can also create smoke, which may activate a smoke detector. Take special precautions to ensure adequate ventilation when using these machines indoors.

Because LPG is extremely flammable, it is a potential fire hazard. Do not store LPG near heat, flame or other ignition sources. In addition, do not use or store portable LPG containers larger than 16 oz. in a building. Instead, place portable LPG containers and LPG equipment outside in a storage area that is at least 25 feet away from other buildings, combustible materials, roadways, railroads, pipelines, utility lines and the property line. This storage area should prevent unauthorized entry and have access to a portable fire extinguisher (within 25 feet). Containers of LPG used for engine fuel systems shall be designed and used in accordance with NFPA 58.