Overview of Hazardous Commodities
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10
Expected Duration: 1 Hour
This self-paced online course covers flammable liquids, plastics and aerosols and discusses storage techniques and safety precautions. The course also discusses proper storage techniques, safety precautions, and official NFPA guidelines for hazardous commodities.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- List how spills of flammables threaten warehouses by creating pools and three-dimensional fires that overwhelm sprinkler protection.
- Describe the ignition of flammable liquids.
- Understand NFPA 30's guidance on how to safely warehouse flammable and combustible liquids.
- Explain the dangers of high flash point combustible liquids like motor oil and cooking oil.
- Describe the fire hazards of various container types.
Who Will Benefit
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects
Flammable Liquids & Storage
- Flammables threaten warehouses because spills can create pools and three-dimensional fires that overwhelm sprinkler protection.
- Flammable liquids can be easily ignited.
- NFPA 30 provides guidance on how to safely warehouse flammable and combustible liquids.
- High flash point combustible liquids like motor oil and cooking oil can still be a danger to warehouses as they act and burn like flammable liquids if their temperatures are elevated by nearby fires.
- Flammable and combustible liquids can be found in liquid warehouses, general-purpose warehouses and cut-off rooms.
- Rupturing of containers is a significant cause of out-of-control fires.
- Plastic containers can be a major hazard.
Aerosols & Plastics
- Aerosols can be a flammable hazard both from their contents and by their propellant.
- Aerosol cans rupture in a fire, rocketing across the warehouse, spreading fire from its spewing contents.
- Barrier protection is important in containing aerosols.
- Plastics burn fiercely and with high heat release.
- The configuration of the plastic, how it is packaged and its type all affect sprinkler design.
- Plastics can be found in the products stored, the packaging around the product and possibly in the storage pallet.
- Introducing plastics to an existing warehouse or changing how plastics are stored in the warehouse produces the need to have the sprinkler protection re-evaluated.