GOOD questions. John Burgess, our resident chemical wizard, what is
Fire inspectors commonly evaluate chemical storage areas, so I called
ours. He said that the inoperable refrigerator could be approved for
use, but that secondary containment to keep chemical classes separate
inside is needed. Otherwise, you could have chemicals reacting in the
refrigerator. He also said venting to the outside is safest, but if
the alternative is open shelf storage, the unvented 'frig would at
least contain most fumes... until the door was opened! In general,
acids and bases should be stored on the lowest level, and separated
to avoid mixing in the event of leakage.
I don't have room for a chemical cabinet, so I "nest" each chemical
bottle in a sturdy plastic container for secondary containment of
possible leaks and to decrease the likelihood of knocking something
over. Takes up a little more space, but gives some piece of mind.
Judy in Kansas, where it's been raining buckets. Flood warnings for
low-lying areas and creeks - several are dealing with basement