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Tips To Properly Move Drums That Contain Flammable Materials

Elizabeth Mendoza

If you have a warehouse where you store materials for your business and you have recently started storing flammable materials in metal drums, then you will need to move these drums safely and securely into place. This means utilizing the right type of material handling equipment. There are definitely a few types of things you should invest in. Keep reading to learn about some tips to find the right items.

Opt For Spark-Free Products

Flammable materials contained in drums are at risk of starting on fire or exploding if a spark comes into contact with them. This means you need to keep sparks away from even the most secured drums. The best way to do this is to invest in spark free material handling equipment.

Spark-free, non-spark, and spark-resistant are all terms used to describe tools and other items that will not produce a spark when they are used. These items are made from metals that produce cool sparks and release extremely low levels of heat. This means that sparks that do form are unlikely to start a flammable substance on fire. Metals like bronze, brass, copper-nickel, and aluminum alloys are all spark-resistant or cool spark metals. 

The drawback to non-spark tools and equipment is that the metals used do not have the same type of strength as steel. This may mean that a completely aluminum or bronze moving cart or truck will not have the same strength as a steel one. To help retain strength while reducing sparks, look for a drum handling truck or cart with spark resistant parts. This type of device will be made with steel around the base where strength is needed most. In areas like the casters, hinges, handles, and locking belts where moving parts are located, a spark resistant material will be utilized instead of steel. For information on available equipment, contact a company like Tri State Surplus Co.

Purchase Drum Pallet Straps

Sometimes, drums are the easiest to move and store when they remain on pallets. However, drums are at risk of tipping due to their height. To make sure that tipping concerns are reduced, use drum straps while moving the drums. If you intend on storing the drums for long periods of time or if you will be moving drums one by one when the contents are utilized, then purchase some disposable strapping materials. Steel strapping that can be wound around four or more drums is a good idea to secure them properly.

If you purchase steel strapping, you will also need to purchase a tension tool and a sealer tool. Purchase some open metal seals as well. Before you use the strapping, place a thick mil sheet of plastic wrap around the outsides of the drums. This will help to keep the straps from coming into direct contact with the drums and causing spark issues. 

Cut a long piece of steel strapping that will fit around all of the drums. Wrap the strapping around and place both ends into the tension tool. Crank the handle of the tool to tighten the strap. Tighten the strap as much as possible. Place an open metal seal along the tightened strap where the steel overlaps. Place the end of the sealing tool over the seal and close the handle to flatten it over the strapping. Remove both the sealing and tightening tools. Place two straps on the drums. One should be secured near the top and the other should be fitted on the bottom. 

Drums can also be moved with the containers placed on their sides. If you intend on moving drums this way, then the steel strapping will need to be placed vertically around the drums instead of horizontally. You also should secure a drum stacking module. These plastic stackers can be secured between the top and bottom layers of the drums to keep them from rolling during transit.  


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Do you desperately desire to remodel your kitchen? Before you can begin this worthwhile task, you’ll need to secure a reputable contractor in your area. Inform this professional of your specific wants and needs for your space. For instance, you might wish to remove the wall separating your kitchen from your living room. Your contractor can determine if this wall is a load bearing one. You may also want to move the sink in your kitchen from one location to another one. On this blog, I hope you will discover valuable tips to help you design the kitchen of your dreams. Enjoy!