They’re called flammable liquids, but ifs not the liquid that you need to worry about it’s the vapor that begins to form as soon as the container is opened. This vapor can explode at the first spark from a tool, a match, simple friction, static electricity or even high temperatures. Most flammable liquids are volatile, that is, they evaporate quickly and reach a concentration in the air that could lead to an explosion.Flammable vapors are especially dangerous because you can’t see them, and often you can’t smell them. Solvents, cleaning fluids, acetone, alcohol and fuels are some of the flammable liquids you may use on the job.
Chances are, you’ll never have to deal with a fire or explosion caused by flammables, but you should still be prepared. Know your employer’s emergency plan, and if a fire breaks out. sound the alarm and evacuate the area immediately.