Has your commercial insurance agent made sure you are covered for fire claims related to spontaneous combustion? In a recent article it states that,
According to the NFIRS, fires caused by spontaneous combustion contributed to:
3,200 structure fires
1,150 vehicle fires
5,250 outside non-trash and unclassified fires
4,460 outside trash or rubbish fires
Also, here are some great tips on how to prevent these occurrences within the article:
*Provide metal containers with self-closing lids and store outside of the project in an area free and clear of combustible debris, brush and organic materials
*Do not dispose of rags in cardboard boxes, trash containers or debris piles
*Consider utilizing noncombustible solvents or water-based materials whenever possible
*Store oily rags in a “listed disposal container” per NFPA 241, 5.4.3, OSHA 1926.25(c) and OSHA 1926.252.
*Dispose of and remove combustible wastes daily per NFPA 241, 5.4.1.
*Ensure fire extinguishers are available in accordance with all OSHA requirements at job sites
Here is a link to the full article: Reducing the Risk of Spontaneous Combustion