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Five Tips for Preventing Skip Bin Fires

by Daniel Wilson

Unfortunately, skip bins are not immune to fires, and a spate of fires in 2015 indicates that industrial bins can be especially prone to this risk. Want to protect your skip bin and your facility? Here are some fire safety tips to keep in mind:

1. Keep bins away from structures.

Whether you are using a permanent bin or a skip you have hired for just a bit, make sure to position it away from structures. This reduces the risk of a fire spreading once it has started. If the fire cannot jump anywhere, it should stay contained in the bin.

2. Don't throw away flammable chemicals.

If you have to throw away flammable liquids such as acetone or ethanol, do not put them in your skip. Instead, make arrangements to have them picked up by a company that specialises in disposing of chemicals in a safe way.

If you accidentally put any chemicals into your skip bin and a fire starts, notify the firefighters about which chemicals are in there. That gives them the knowledge they need to fight the fire carefully without worrying about surprising explosions.

3. Post signs warning against smoldering trash.

To prevent anyone throwing anything smoldering into your skip, post signs telling them not to. Simple signs such as "don't throw cigarette butts in this skip" can help prevent fires. In addition to signs, keep unauthorised people away from your bin by closing the lid when not in use and locking it if possible.

4. Dry oily rags before throwing them out.

Unfortunately, in some cases, fires start from spontaneous combustion. In many cases, spontaneous combustion starts with an oily rag. If you have oily rags full of turpentine or linseed oil, don't throw them away until they are completely dry.

Exercise special caution when your skip is full of something like cardboard boxes that can act as tinder and help get the fire started.  

5. Empty regularly.

If you are hiring a skip for a special project, the hire company will pick it up when you are done using it. However, if you have a skip that you use repeatedly, you have to arrange to have the rubbish picked up. If possible, arrange for regular pickups. The longer you let trash sit, the more likely something bad, like a fire, is to happen. If you are overfilling your bins on a regular basis, arrange to have more bins as well as more frequent pickups.

 

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