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Precautions Required by Law to Help Avoid Sparks

If your plant is handling flammable liquids and if you use safety faucets and safety cans, you need Grounding & Bonding wires. OSHA Regulation 29CFR1910.106 (e)(6)(ii), the National Fire Protection Association, and your local codes require you to use bonding and grounding wires.

What are Bonding and Grounding Wires? They are flexible wires that connect containers to each other and to an electrical ground in your plant. They come equipped with different kinds of clips to make positive electrical contact to safely drain static electricity away from your containers and prevent sparks.Grounding Wire

Do you have any electricity near your flammables?

You probably do. Whenever you transfer flammable liquids from container to container, static electricity in the air is picked up by the liquid and builds up in the container you're filling. If you touch the container with your bare hand, or let it contact something connected to the ground, the static electricity will flow, and you'll get a spark. (It's like when you touch a metal doorknob after walking across a carpeted floor in your living room, except there are no flammable vapors that could explode there.) In your plant, a spark could cause a huge explosion.

What's the difference between a "Grounding Wire" and a "Bonding Wire"? All grounding and bonding wires are tough and flexible stainless steel cables.

  • Bonding wires connect the two containers, like a drum and a safety can.
  • The grounding wire connects the drum to an electrical ground, such as a cold water pipe or the ground connection near the electrical panel in your building.
  • Together, they create a continuous electrical path to drain static electricity directly to ground.
  • Here are some options:
  1. Our Model 2662A is designed for bonding the containers together. It has "alligator" clips at both ends so you can quickly and easily connect and disconnect it.
  2. The Model 2660HH bonding wire comes with plier clamps at both ends. The strong spring and sharp contact points in the clamps bite through paint and rust to make a solid connection.
  3. For grounding, our Model 2660HC is perfect; a pipe clamp on one end for connection to a pipe or conduit, and a plier clamp at the other.

Important note:

BASCO Retractile Grounding Wire

Most of our wires come in 3, 5, 10, and 20 foot long versions. Just remember: when it comes to draining static electricity, shorter is better.

Grounding & Bonding Wires reduce risk

 They are an inexpensive way to save you a lot of pain and suffering, so it is important to take the proper precautions and use grounding and bonding wires. BASCO has the biggest selection of grounding and bonding wires anywhere, plus everything else you need to safety handle and store your flammable liquids. We’ll help you get what you need to get your job done right, with 67+ years of experience and the best trained and most knowledgeable customer service experts in the industry.

Questions? We have a highly trained and courteous team of Customer Service Experts ready to help answer all your questions. Contact them at 1.800.776.3786, or email us here.