How to store oil and inflammable liquids safely?

Inflammable liquids like oil and other gaseous liquids are volatile to such a high degree that they can explode at any given time, without warning on the account of triggers that might spark a fire with more force than a dynamite. Determining these materials and their properties makes it easier in building environmentally friendly protective spaces for inflammable gears like Oil and other liquids. It is known that combustion occurs in the steam phase in the presence of an oxidant. Therefore, to stop combustion, it is necessary to stop the intake of vapors of the combustive substance or oxidant into the combustion zone or to divide the fuel and oxidant spatially.

In actuality it is not the liquid but the vapors of the liquid that cause ignition in flammable liquids resulting in fire. Hence to avert these foamy vapors from turning into something catastrophic, it is necessary to douse down the spark to the fire. Modern special-purpose foaming agents can create, at the surface of the structures’ elements, the heat-insulating shields that withstand high temperatures and direct action of fire, as well as decelerate the release of a flammable liquid’s vapors. That is, they are capable of maintaining their functions in case of fire over the predefined period, thereby preventing ignition. However, the use of solutions of the surface-active substances does not always provide the necessary level of insulating a flammable liquid, which, accordingly, affects the course of fire-preventive measures. Taking into consideration the strict requirements for these indicators, there is a task to determine the properties of foaming agents and to establish their effectiveness. Thus, there is reason to argue about the possibility of using foaming agents to protect the leaks of flammable liquids, capable of forming a protective layer at the surface of the material. It also becomes possible to establish methods for assessing the insulating capacity of a foaming agent that could inhibit the rate of temperature penetration and the release of flammable liquids' vapors.


Several types, kinds and sizes of safety storage containers exist. Selecting the best fit for the workplace is essential to keep the workspace safe, transferable and easy to facilitate the movement of inflammable liquids. Selecting the best safety storage for the bill involves three factors:

1. Safe Transferability

Safely Transferrable ability of Inflammable Liquid to be stored at the workplace.

2. Size and Quantity

Considerations of Size and Quantity holding capacity of the container into which the liquid will be transferred.

3. Circumference Opening of Storage Can

Based on the volatility of the liquid, the diameter of the storage container is also an important factor.

Here’s 8 Ways you can make sure to store Inflammable Liquids Safely


Safety storage containers can also be colored according to their association with the anticipated contents of the inflammable liquids.


Gasoline: Red Color-Coded Storage.

Kerosene: Blue Color-Coded Storage.

Diesel fuel: Yellow Color-Coded Storage containers

Also, using DANGER signs around highly hazardous work environments is important as colors give meaning to the person in understanding what a grave and dangerous consequence it could have on everyone around. The association of Dark Red is striking to the eye with the signage reading:




It goes without saying, that where there is availability of inflammation, there is a pressing need for fire extinguishers to be setup within 2 meters or nearer distance from the volatile site.


All safety storage or cabinets must be inspected daily for any leaks and regularly should be checked for the existence of a functionally equipped flame arrestor screen that effectively prevents fire from passing through the circumference opening and bursting into flames with the inflammable contents of the liquids. A regular inspection should be scheduled to verify if they should add or rectify any visible discrepancies that are established. Daily inspections also make the workers agile and familiar with the storage place, so the workers can easily check them as they are being used. Following simple inspection and repair procedures can prevent citations and fines, and keep a minor fire from turning into a major disaster. Inspection should include having checkpoints on all necessary fire and safety characteristics and guidelines.


If there are leaks spotted on the storage container there should be immediate accountability on getting it fixed over the fastest span of time — Even If there are less than four drops per minute leak from the storage container it must be maintained to original form or if required it must be scrapped from service. (Four drops/min. is the limit for leakage rate permitted in Factory approval procedures.) The Storage facility in and around the container should be cleaned and should not have any debris or unnecessary foreign particles which might cause deadly outcomes. The Spring tension of the opening, gasket leaks, persistent leaks should be at once checked, replaced or repaired on the spot.