Lab Fire Safety
Labs, especially those using solvents, have a high potential for flash fires, explosion, rapid spread of fire, and high toxicity of products of combustion (heat, smoke, and flame).
EH&S provides lab-specific fire safety and fire regulatory information.
Did You Know?
Candle fires are the fourth leading cause of campus fires behind cooking, arson, and smoking. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that 20 percent of university housing fires in bedrooms are started by candles.
Candles remain a key ignition source for campus fires despite the fact that candles are now banned at most colleges. More than half of all candle fires occur when a combustible material is too close to the candle, with the most common materials being bedding and curtains. Falling asleep is a factor in a quarter of candle fire fatalities — extinguish all candles before going to sleep.