It’s a Dumpster Fire!
by Dumpster Dan The Handyman Can | Mar 1, 2021 | Dumpster Rental, Dumpster Safety, Dumpster Service, Dumpsters, Helpful Tips, Trash Receptacles
How many times have you heard this expression? It’s used to describe sporting events, political situations, traffic in the DC area and most of 2020. If you’re thinking about renting a dumpster it may make you wonder just how common dumpster fires are. We can assure you that if you follow a few simple rules, renting a dumpster at your house is completely safe.
How Common Are They?
Although they’re not uncommon, it’s hard to find a source that has accurate information about how many happen each year. We suspect that’s because a dumpster fire rarely causes much structural damage so it doesn’t make the news. In all our years, we’ve only had one major dumpster fire and that was due to careless disposal of materials on a construction site.
How to Avoid a Fire with Your Rented Dumpster
When renting a dumpster, we talk first about the space we’ll need for it, weight limits and how to inform us it’s time to pick up the dumpster. However, we also have a list of things that shouldn’t go in the dumpster. Some are banned because they’re considered hazardous materials and require a separate disposal fee or need to go to another location at the dump. However, here are some simple ways you can avoid a dumpster fire when renting a dumpster.
- Don’t put hot ash or coals in the dumpster
- Avoid putting combustible products like paint thinner, old gas or oil cans, and acetone for example, in the dumpster
- Don’t throw cigarette butts into the dumpster
- Because damp rags with various chemical can self-ignite, especially when piled together, only dispose of dry cloth.
- Properly dispose of dead batteries, especially lithium and car batteries which means they don’t go in the dumpster
Our advice is to think before you throw something in the dumpster. If you know you shouldn’t throw it in your trash can for regular pick-up, chances are good that you shouldn’t throw it in the dumpster either.