Friday, 29 May 2015 14:43

Considerations when buying a fire cabinet

As we all know, fires have the extreme power of raging through buildings in no time, leaving behind a path of devastation. In many cases, this means there is little time to act and this is why using a fire cabinet to store flammable liquids and important documents in your workplace is an effective way to reduce the risks associated with fires and to protect valuables.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) reported 1,360 structural fires in Western Australia in 2012-13. This statistic is alarming and the question remains, is your workplace prepared for a fire?

It's true that there are many proven ways to reduce the risk of accidental fires and one of these is securing a fire cabinet in the workplace in which to store flammable fuels, solvents and chemicals. This keeps dangerous liquids safe from flames and stored in a known location.

Fire cabinets come in all sorts of configurations, depending on your workplace needs. For protecting important data, a fireproof data storage safe or a fireproof filing cabinet will do the trick. And if you have chemicals on-site, then a fire cabinet for hazardous chemicals, pesticides, combustibles or corrosives will work best.

When buying a fire cabinet there are a few things to take into consideration including the storage capacity of the cabinet, code compliance, what type of door to use (self-latching is optimal for fire protection) and finally, whether to install a padlocked door handle.

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