Safety Update NFPA Launches Campaign on Fire Risk of IBCs

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently announced an initiative to raise awareness of the fire hazards associated with intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) containing flammable or combustible liquids. The campaign, "Contain IBC Fire Risk," highlights the importance of compliance with NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code.

The NFPA says that while adequate regulations exist governing the use of IBCs in transport, particular concerns have been raised over fire risks during storage. According to the NFPA, a major concern is that when a composite IBCs fails, it can release a large pool of fluid that, when ignited, rapidly releases so much heat that fire sprinkler systems can become overtaxed. NFPA further says that this system failure can occur faster than firefighters can respond to a fire call. For more information, click here.

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