Customer Questions: Flammable Cabinet Self-Closing Doors & Colors

Question: How can I tell if I need self-closing doors on my flammable cabinets? Do cabinets need to be a certain color?

Answer: If you’re located in a state that has adopted either of the following standards, then your flammable cabinets must have self-closing doors:

  • NFPA 1 (Uniform Fire Code) “Doors shall be well fitted, self-closing, and equipped with a self-latching device.”
  • IFC (International Fire Code) 5704. “Doors shall be well fitted, self-closing and equipped with a three-point latch.”

States that have adopted NFPA 1 and/or IFC are:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington

Some municipalities in other states selectively require flammable safety cabinets to be fitted with self-closing doors to comply with safety regulations:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

There aren’t any regulations that say cabinets need to be a certain color, but most facilities use the following best management practices in regards to color:

  • Yellow: Flammable liquids
  • Red: Paints, inks and other combustible liquids
  • Gray or White: Waste or outdoor lockers
  • Blue: Corrosives (acids, bases, oxidizers)
  • Green: Pesticides and insecticides
  • Silver or Neutral: Laboratory chemicals

If you’re still unsure about whether you need to purchase a flammable cabinet with self-closing doors or if you need to store flammables in a specific colored cabinet, contact your local authority having jurisdiction. Often this is the local fire marshal or code officer.

Now that you know whether your flammable safety cabinet needs self-closing doors and if it needs to be a certain color, you can choose the right safety cabinet. Check out PIG Flammable Safety Cabinets here.

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