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Oily Rags Can Start Fires - Here's How to Stay Safe

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It's Important to Take Proper Precautions When Using and Disposing of Rags Wet With Combustible Stains and Paints

Rags used to wipe up spills or clean brushes during painting and staining projects can start fires if not handled carefully. Each year, an average of 1,700 home fires are caused by instances of spontaneous combustion or chemical reaction. And an average of 900 home fires are started when oily rags catch fire or are ignited. 

Here's an info sheet from the National Fire Protection Association that explains how to ensure that your next painting or staining project doesn't start a dangerous fire:

Flammable Rags


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