Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting shed safety by reminding people to be careful what they store in their sheds and other outbuildings.
Many people keep substances such as paint, petrol and gas cylinders, including LPG and acetylene, in their sheds and outbuildings without realising the potential dangers. In the event of a fire, these substances can explode, posing a serious risk to life and property. Acetylene cylinders (commonly used in welding) are the most hazardous of all and the risk of acetylene exploding remains for up to 24 hours after the fire has been extinguished.
Reduce the risk of a fire in your shed or outbuilding by following these simple tips:
• Make sure hazardous substances are stored securely in approved containers.
• Only store what you need to use – dispose of any unwanted chemicals correctly and return empty cylinders to the manufacturer (details are on the shoulders of the cylinder).
• Reduce the risk of deliberate fire and theft by keeping your shed or outbuilding in a good state of repair and secure. Consider directing a security light onto it as a deterrent.
• Take care with electrical items such as TVs and radios – look out for signs of dangerous or loose wiring and never overload sockets. Unplug appliances when not in use.
• Never put a barbecue into a shed while it is still hot as it can easily cause a fire.