Hazardous substances, such as flammable liquids, must always be stored safely so that they do not pose a risk to people or the environment, are protected from misuse and do not lead to the spread of fire or an explosion in the event of a fire. Therefore, the legislator sets high requirements for the storage of such substances. These are summarised in the European standard DIN 14470-1 for flammable liquids. PROTECTO's F30 and F90 safety cabinets meet these strict requirements for the storage of flammable liquids. This applies both to cabinets for passive storage and to models for active (transfer and filling) storage of hazardous substances.
Storing flammable liquids in a safety cabinet in compliance with standards
A safety cabinet protects the stored liquids and chemicals for 30 to 90 minutes, as it were, in the event of a fire and therefore requires a robust and resistant outer shell that can also reliably withstand the effects of great heat from outside or inside. In the case of PROTECTO safety cabinets, this consists either of non-combustible panel composites with a highly resistant body coating or of a powder-coated sheet steel housing. This not only gives the people in the room enough time to leave, but also allows the fire brigade to bring the fire under control. However, the safety cabinet must not only meet the structural requirements and test conditions, but also correspond to the containers to be stored. The equipment and dimensions can vary accordingly.
The equipment of the safety cabinets from PROTECTO
The safety cabinet for flammable liquids should be selected for storage in accordance with the regulations depending on the operating conditions and application. It should be determined in advance which and how many containers need to be stored. We would be pleased to support you in determining your requirements. The container size is also decisive for the collection volume of the bottom tray, which is to prevent dangerous leakages. Depending on the hazardous material and the number of containers, the collection tray must be able to collect at least 10 percent of all the containers stored in the cabinet or at least 100 percent of the largest container. Liquids from tipped over or damaged containers are thus safely collected and can then be disposed of. However, defective closures can cause flammable liquids to outgas inside the cabinet, creating a hazardous and flammable atmosphere. This can be remedied by continuous technical ventilation, with which all cabinets should be equipped. Some safety cabinets must also have an earthing connection.
Safety and protection in case of fire
PROTECTO safety cabinets can be equipped with a door locking system to facilitate removal of the containers. In some cases, this accessory is also part of the standard equipment. As the affected area has to be evacuated quickly in the event of a fire, there is often no time to manually close the drawers and doors of the safety cabinet. However, the self-closing mechanism with thermal release closes the doors and pull-outs from any position. If the ambient air heats up to 160 °C, additional, self-foaming fire protection seals seal the safety cabinet. The supply and exhaust air openings also close automatically at temperatures of 50 °C maximum. This means that the safety cabinet is sealed and smoke or vapours can only escape to the outside with difficulty.
The advantages of a safety cabinet from PROTECTO at a glance:
- Standard-compliant storage of flammable liquids in accordance with the Euro standard
- GS and CE mark
- For active and passive storage
- Resistant body
- Standardised and individual solutions
- Expert advice and delivery directly from the manufacturer
The fireproof cabinet or safety cabinet as additional safety in case of fire
Fireproof cabinets for hazardous substances are not only suitable for their actual purpose. Because in addition to hazardous substances, which they protect in case of fire, the fire protection cabinets can also convince in many other areas. Here are a few application examples from our customers:
- Storage of laboratory or food samples
- Storage of pharmaceuticals
- Storage of lithium-ion batteries
- Storage of high quality seeds
- Storage of evidence
- Storage of soil samples
- Storage of food aromas
- Archiving of documents worthy of protection(file and document cabinet)
PROTECTO: Your reliable manufacturer for safety cabinets and more
For more than 25 years, PROTECTO has stood for the professional planning and construction of hazardous materials storage facilities to comply with company environmental protection requirements and offers solutions tailored to the needs of all customers. That is why you will not only find standardised safety cabinets with us, we will also implement your request for an individual solution. In addition, you can obtain appropriate accessories in our online shop , such as anti-slip mats, floor trays or perforated plate inserts for demand-oriented use of the cabinets. Do you have any questions about our product range or would you like comprehensive expert advice? Use our chat or contact us by phone or e-mail. We will be happy to help you.