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Hand Sanitizer Station Safety: Avoiding Fire Hazards

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A white hand sanitizer station standing in front of a brown wall at the entrance of an upscale hotel chain.

A good employer or event planner will always prioritize the safety of their guests and employees. The proper use of hand sanitizer stations is one key aspect of maintaining a safe environment.

While these stations are great for promoting hygiene, they also present fire hazards because of the alcohol content in the sanitizer. Let’s examine the basics of hand sanitizer station safety and how to avoid fire hazards.

Alcohol: A Germ-Killer and Potential Hazard

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are fantastic at killing germs. They’re convenient, effective, and easy to use.

However, they also contain high levels of ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, which are highly flammable. This combination of effectiveness and flammability requires careful handling and awareness to prevent accidents.

Our Hand Sanitizer Fire Safety Tips

While hand sanitizers are a must-have for any event or workplace, you must handle them responsibly. You cannot just place them anywhere and forget that they exist. Here are some essential tips to minimize fire risks:

  • Place hand sanitizer stations away from potential ignition sources.
  • Have clear signage indicating the content’s flammability.
  • Check the stations regularly to ensure they’re in proper working condition.
  • Consider having staff oversee the use of the stations in high-traffic areas.

Guidelines for Safely Installing Hand Sanitizer Stations

The best way to protect your guests or employees is to correctly install your hand sanitizer stations. Here’s our best advice on how to do it right:

  • Always follow the installation guidelines provided by the hand sanitizer station manufacturer or rental company.
  • Keep the stations securely mounted or placed on stable surfaces. This placement prevents them from tipping over and causing spills.
  • Position the stations in an easily accessible location but remove them from traffic flow.
  • Maintain a safe distance between the hand sanitizer stations and any heat sources, including the kitchen, heaters, and areas with heavy machinery.

Know the Laws for Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Storage

Storing alcohol-based hand sanitizers requires compliance with certain regulations to ensure safety. Different regions have laws regarding the storage and use of flammable substances. Familiarize yourself with your local regulations to stay compliant.

You should also know the limits on the amount of flammable liquids you can store in one area. Exceeding these limits can increase the risk of fire.

Finally, use approved containers when storing hand sanitizer refills and place them in well-ventilated areas to reduce the buildup of flammable vapors.

Hand sanitizer station safety and avoiding fire hazards go hand-in-hand. Follow the fire safety tips from Floods Royal Flush to avoid potential dangers and keep your environment safe.

Send us a message if you’re considering a hand sanitizer station rental. We’ll help you protect your guests and employees and promote a culture of safety and responsibility. Stay safe and keep sanitizing!

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