How to Safely Store Explosives

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Welcome to my blog. I'm Carrie and I would like to share some of the top tips I have learnt about construction and repair work in the home. My passion is for buying old property and carrying out work on them to bring them into the 21st century. I started out doing this a couple of years ago. I used some money I had inherited to buy a wreck of a place and if I am honest, I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I was really lucky to find some great contractors who helped me out a lot and taught me lots of very cool things.


How to Safely Store Explosives

27 September 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Sometimes you must destroy in order to create. If you have been given the task of constructing a new structure where an old building currently stands, you may need to demolish the old building using explosive charges. Because purchasing explosive material isn't something you can do at the drop of a hat, you will want to have a store of explosive material ready for use if you are commissioned to demolish a building. However, it is important that you take the following precautions when storing explosives.

Store the explosives in a secure and safe location

Explosives are obviously dangerous. If they were to fall into the wrong hands, the outcome could be terrible. For this reason, it is important that any explosives you buy from an explosive supplier are stored in a secure location. To prevent anyone from targeting the explosives store, the building or unit which is used to store the explosives should be fitted with thick metal doors which can be securely locked and chained. 

Ideally, the explosives should be kept somewhere which is far away from populated areas. You may wish to build your storage unit on the edge of town or in the countryside. Doing so will prevent extensive damage or loss of life if the explosives were to detonate accidentally. Once the explosives are in place, you should notify the local fire service so they are aware that explosive material is present at the storage location.

Keep the explosive material dry

You should keep any explosives in the boxes in which the supplier shipped them. These boxes will be designed to cushion and protect the explosive material. The boxes will also be sealed, which will prevent moisture or other contaminants from entering the box. Explosives which have been exposed to moisture or other contaminants may become unstable and may not perform as expected when detonated. You should only open a box of explosives just before they are going to be put in place on the demolition site. In order to protect the explosives in the event of an event like a flood, you should ensure that they are not stored at ground level. Instead, you should place the boxes on low shelves so they can be easily reached. 

If you would like to find out more about the steps you can take to ensure you store explosives safely, you should contact an explosive supplier today.