Question: Can a flammable cabinet be put on a riser to allow use of something below it?
Answer: A flammable storage cabinet, used for the safe storage of flammable liquids and materials, is designed to be placed on the floor. These cabinets are constructed to meet specific safety standards, so it is important that all risks are considered when raising a flammable cabinet.
Risks of Raising a Flammable Cabinet
Raising a flammable storage cabinet off the ground could have some potential risks and drawbacks, including:
- Stability: Placing a cabinet on an unstable platform could increase the risk of tipping over, which could be dangerous if the cabinet contains flammable materials. Remember that the surface needs to be level, so the cabinet remains square, a necessity for the doors to properly close and latch.
- Accessibility: Raising the cabinet might make it less accessible and create ergonomic issues for those trying to access the contents.
- Ventilation: Flammable storage cabinets are often designed with ventilation openings to ensure the safe release of any potential fumes or vapors. Elevating the cabinet might interfere with proper ventilation.
- Compliance: Raising the cabinet could potentially result in non-compliance with safety regulations or standards. For instance, According to NFPA 30 A.9.5.6 “only countertop-style cabinets should be placed on top of other items. Floor model cabinets should not be placed on top of pallets, spill pallets, workbenches, toolboxes or similar. A clear working area should be maintained in front of the cabinet doors to avoid spills while moving individual containers in and out.” Many regulations and guidelines are in place to ensure the safety of flammable materials, and altering the storage setup may violate these requirements.
High-Rise Flammable Cabinets
An alternative to placing the flammable cabinet on a stable, non-combustible material, is a high-rise flammable cabinet. These cabinets are designed to be placed directly on the floor, while still providing space underneath.
If there is a specific reason for wanting to raise a flammable storage cabinet, it’s important to consult with safety professionals, review local regulations, and consider potential hazards. In most cases, it’s recommended to keep the cabinet at floor level or on a stable surface as intended by its design and safety standards.
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