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Cutting Fuel Drums Is An Explosion Hazard

Drums of various sizes are often recycled, especially in agricultural settings. Typically they are cut with an angle grinder, or welding equipment. A number of serious and fatal accidents have occurred as a result of this practice.

Drums that contain residual flammable substances or vapors may explode when exposed to heat or sparks.

Never cut drums that have contained flammable liquids or flammable gases, even drums that have been empty for a long time. Rinsing drums with water is not a fail-safe method of purging vapors from containers.

Do not heat drums.

Do not use drums as welding or work platforms.

If drums are to be recycled use a specialist.

Always check what the drum had been used for:
  • Was it flammable liquid or gas?
  • Was it a chemical?
  • Is there a hazard diamond on the label?

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, DO NOT APPLY HEAT TO THE DRUM.