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Storage of flammable or explosive materials in the house can have disastrous consequences.
Last, it turned out yesterday when a detached house in Vestby went into the air under a fire because the house owner had stored dynamite in the basement.
Many store fire and explosion hazardous materials in the home without being aware of fire safety and regulations.
For example, can not save more than 10 liters of flammable liquids (petrol, red sprout and lynol) indoors .
In the garage, however, you can save up to 50 liters of the same fluid.
What is most bad is storage of propane containers in stalls filled with debris and fast or in basements and on the ceiling, “says fire inspector at Oslo Fire and Rescue Service, Morten Engmann, to click. no.
55 liters of gas inside
Storage of gases and liquids in private homes and garages is governed by the Regulations for the Management of Flammable Substances.
It says that you can store up to 10 liters of flammable liquid indoors.
In the case of propane or other gas, the rules are 55 liters indoors. There are a maximum of two 11-kilogram bottles.
The exception is in the attic and in the basement, where it is not allowed to store gas at all.
For storage in detached garage or storage space, the limits are 50 and 90 liters respectively.
In the case of storage in a common room, such as a storage or garage facility, according to the regulations, it is doubtful whether each unit can store the maximum quantities.
“In a number of cases, the conclusion will have to be that is not correct. For stalls and underground parking facilities, Section 5, fourth paragraph, states that gas can not be stored at all. For gas, this also applies when it comes to storage on the ceiling, “the directorate writes on its websites.
Dense container and good airing
Common for storage of all types of flammable liquid and gas is that they should be stored in closed and well-marked containers.
There should also be good ventilation in the rooms the storage is going on.
It is important to be aware that filler that has been in contact with oil products can self-ignite. These must therefore be disposed of in a suitable place or stored in tight and non-combustible containers.
Gas and propane
Propane is primarily a source of energy in the cottage, but many also use the gas in the home, and especially in these grill times.
There may not be more than 55 liters indoors of propane or other gases. The same rule also applies to storage in detached storage room or garage.
This applies to special rules for storage in the loft and in the basement. In the attic ONLY can be stored flammable liquids. Therefore, flammable gases can NOT be stored in the ceiling.
In the basement (or other rooms below ground level), it is forbidden to store flammable gases because they are heavier than air and therefore can not be easily vented. This means an increased fire risk in case of a possible leak.
According to Morten Engmann, especially in joint garages, there is a problem that people save anything but the car there.
– When placing old furniture, wood bins and other combustible materials in the garage, this may be alluring for those who want to light up.
He explains that they are mainly traveling on housing and similar garage facilities if they receive concerns.
– We encourage the owners to use the garage for what it is intended for, “says the fire inspector.
– Ultimately, it is still the duty of the housing association or society to inform homeowners about the responsibility the individual has by law and regulation. The board may adopt stricter rules than the law states.
Possible abbreviation of the insurance
If there is a fire due to the irreparable storage of flammable materials or substances, it will be a good time before there will be a shortage in the insurance payment.
– There will be an individual assessment in each case, but in general, negligence must be very rough for an insurance company to be able to make a shortening in the insurance payment, “says Odd Red, Senior Vice President of Fire, Gjensidige, Odd Red..com .
However, he emphasizes that in the case of propane and other gases, the risk of shortening is greater in case of violation of the rules, because here the fire regulations are more specific than in the case of flammable substances in general.
In all cases there must be a clear connection between the storage and the cause of the fire.
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