Battery Storage Fire and Perils of Improper Storage
Travesty due to a lack of foresight and proper planning is often the most troublesome. A recent battery fire in Surprise, Ariz., that hospitalized four firefighters with serious injuries reiterates the importance of proper storage of chemical and flammable materials. These brave men were taken to various trauma centers after an explosion happened while the firefighters attempted to make entry into the building. Despite their valiant efforts in containing the blaze, all four men suffered a combination of chemical buns and internal injuries, a news report said. You can prevent such travesty with proper lithium battery storage from U.S. Hazmat Storage.
Although it is too early to suggest that improper storage is the cause of the blaze, safety advocates are calling on federal officials to revisit battery storage compliance standards and existing regulation.
The potential dangers of utility scale Lithium-ion battery storage
“We had an equipment failure at our energy-storage facility in Surprise, Ariz. on Friday. The cause is still under investigation. During the response, firefighters from Surprise and Peoria were injured. Our top priority is the health and safety of those first responders, and our thoughts are with them and their families. We will continue to work closely with response agencies on the scene. ” APS following a recent fire.
The Arizona blaze – albeit uncommon – is further proof that conversations that emphasize safety should be held on daily basis at any job site that contains hazardous materials.
Although the exact cause of the blaze is still under investigation, the fire marshal’s office will likely examine the affected company’s storage protocol in handling dangerous and flammable material. Hefty fines and civil penalties could also be part of that conversation if the investigation yields negligent on the behalf of the storage company. National media attention can also create a public relations fiasco for affected companies.
Call U.S. Hazmat Storage to prevent the unthinkable when storing flammable materials
To prevent similar disasters, improve worker and facility safety, companies and general contractors should consult U.S. Hazmat Storage to ensure safety and abidance by local, state, as well as federal regulations. Our fire-rated flammable chemical storage buildings offer optimal safety and storage of flammable liquids, corrosives and other hazardous materials, including commercial battery storage and their chemical components.
Depending on your work site needs, our flammable chemical storage buildings are available in two-hour and four-hour fire rate protection. Regardless of the job’s conditions, our storage solutions allow operations to work your storage requirements seamlessly into any work site. Temperature and climate-controlled storage can also accommodate a variety of storage needs. Whether you’re storing Lithium-ion (Li-ion), Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), or Lead-Acid batteries, flammable material storage compliance along with climate controlled storage is a necessity to ensure workplace safety and to protect your company’s investments.
How Hazmat Storage can meet changing needs of hazardous chemical storage
Securing adequate storage for energy cells – whether its batteries for electric cars or smaller units dedicated to “going green” – will likely be a pressing concern -as popularity for alternative energies continues to rise. An article in Scientific American has drawn new attention on the challenges purveyors of alternative energy will face in the future. The electric car trend and ancillary storage facilities have sparked further safety concerns in the industry. How can the industry meet the growing demands of customers in an environmentally safe manner? At U.S Hazmat Storage, we believe we have those answers.
Why rent compliant flammable material storage?
There are costly and many times impractical requirements when physically constructing compliant chemical storage solutions for battery and other hazardous material storage and work flow process handling. Our structures are designed for use inside existing factories and work flow processes to provide convenient access and regulatory compliance and worker safety. Our chemical storage buildings can also be used outside existing existing facilities to expand storage space and manage fluctuating chemical storage inventory levels.
For many companies in the building and industrial sector, renting is the most feasible option. In the construction industry, for example, an expensed short-term monthly rental fee is the cheaper option as opposed to buying a unit that might sit dormant for months at a time. Other companies can supplement existing storage with a short-term rental while long-term storage is constructed. Contact us today to learn more about our OSHA and NFPA compliant battery storage solutions.
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