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New fire safety tip sheet on the dangers of oily rags can take the worry out of home improvement projects

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on May 11, 2017

A pile of oily rags

Are you doing spring cleaning and home improvement projects? If so, you’ll want to take precautions. Keep in mind that rags used to wipe up oil-based paints, stains, and varnishes can ignite on their own and can start a fire if not handled carefully. The same is true of the liquids themselves

An average of 1,600 home fires per year are caused by instance of spontaneous combustion or chemical reaction.

NFPA’s new tip sheet, “Safety with Oily Rags Wet with Flammable or Combustible Liquid,” explains the hazards, provides safety tips on both rags wet with paint and stain and liquids that can catch fire, and information on proper use and storage of gasoline.

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