Submitted by Steve Winicker.
LAST WEEKENDS SHOP ACTIVITY
We started the weekend unloading Bob’s stuff. We have been sucking and sifting sand and welding parts on the auxiliary tank since. Joe showed up with new cabinets so we installed those as well. Work was done on the Plymouth and the SD-9. We continued to drain the valve oil lubricator. Rob is hopefully coming back tomorrow to gauge the progress.
There will be folks at the shop all week. We will be getting as much sand as possible out of the auxiliary tank, installing baffles and painting.
Flammable liquids like oil, gas, kerosene, solvents and non-water based paints present unique fire hazards. They give off invisible vapors that can travel long distances and catch fire quickly or explode when ignited by something as small as a static discharge.
Follow these tips when flammable liquids are stored or in use in the surrounding area….
· Keep away from any ignition sources such as open flames associated with cutting, burning or heating, arc welding operations or grinding of metal objects.
· Use only in areas with good ventilation.
· Store in approved metal containers.
· Ground and bond containers when transferring materials to safely discharge static electricity.
· Take only what you need for a job.
· Clean up spills and leaks quickly.
· Remove clothing that has absorbed liquids immediately.
· Never store near heat sources.
· Do not cut or weld on drums or containers that once contained gasoline or other flammable liquids.
· Flammable liquids should be stores in an approved cabinet.
Following the above guidelines will go a long way to assure a safe operation when working with flammable liquids.