Spontaneous Combustion

Self-ignition of combustible material through chemical action (such as oxidation) of its constituents. Called also spontaneous ignition.

How does spontaneous combustion occur?
What are examples of spontaneous combustion? (Source. https://www.nps.gov/articles/fire-prevention-52-spontaneous-combustion.htm)
  • Rags and towels soaked with oils, including cooking oils.
  • Hot laundry left in piles.
  • Large piles of compost, mulch, manure, and leaf piles.
  • Moist baled hay, in the right conditions.
What oils are most likely to spontaneous combust? (Source: https://www.firehouse.com/rescue/article/10528863/the-phenomenon-of-spontaneous-combustion)
  • Linseed
  • Cottonseed
  • Castor
  • Fish
  • Lard
  • Olive
  • Peanut
  • Soybean
What are the ingredients in the Blackstone Griddle Seasoning & Cast Iron Conditioner?
  • Palm oil shortening
  • Beeswax
  • Palm oil
  • Canola oil
  • Soy oil
How do you properly dispose of rags/towels to reduce spontaneous combustion? (Source: https://www.thespruce.com/preventing-home-and-workshop-fires-1398180)
  • Hang oil-soaked rags/towels up to dry, preferably outdoors.
  • Isolate each rag/towel individually.
  • Don’t pile rags/towels on top of each other.
  • If rags/towels are hung up indoors, keep them away from heat sources, such as water heaters or furnaces.
  • Once rags are dry, throw them away in a trash receptacle that is outside and away from any structures.

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