Originally Posted by brewmonk
Do you fireproof your brewing area? Brew with a fire extinguisher, a CO detector, first aid kit, ventilation? wood v.s. metal? gfci's? drink while you brew?
Please share any ideas. I'd love to see what I can incorporate in my brewroom.
I built out a basement room (waterproofed cement walls) with metal studs (pressure treated footplate), cementboard walls, and as much tile as I could afford. I'll add more later.
I'm trying to slope the ceiling next, so condensation runs off more easily. And venting the steam should help. That's mostly for sanitation, but fireproofing as well.
I have not had my N.G. line extended yet. (I have to get electrical roughed in and inspected first.)
I found this:
I was a little surprised to look around under the stickies on this forum and discover that apparently no list of safety precautions exists. Oh, well.
1. I agree with a previous post, that basically all safety precautions used when cooking carry over to brewing. After all, what you're doing is heating / boiling stuff. Things are hot, particularly that large volume (3 gallons or more) of liquid that you're boiling, and this can cause very serious burns.
2. There's a lot of variance on this forum, but I'm in the camp that says the tubes don't get cracked until the wort is in the fermenter, i.e., no drinking while brewing.
3. I don't wear sandals or etc. while brewing; lace-up shoes only.
4. Lots of accidents seem to involve glass carboys; there have been some pretty gruesome ones detailed on this forum. Observe all safety precautions relating to glass. Don't knock the carboy against anything, don't put hot liquids (or very cold liquids) in a carboy. Any of these things can shock the glass, leading to a fracture, and glass is funny stuff, but not in a comical way. My glass carboys have been relegated to long-term secondary use only, and I've worked out my logistics so that I never have to do a lift / carry of a full carboy more than 5 feet. Ideally, do all lifting /carrying of a carboy in a Brew Hauler or milk crate.
5. Cooking with gas. On a regular indoor stove or cooktop, you're OK. Some people will bring a propane burner indoors to brew, but not me. If you must do this, ensure that you have a working CO (carbon monoxide) detector installed in the space you're using. I brew in the garage, but with all doors open. (Note that it is a detached garage- I won't live in a house with an attached garage, which may seem eccentric, but a look at the contents of many of them, they're just a disaster waiting to happen.)
6. Using electricity. I don't claim to be an expert on electrical safety, but I'm assuming that any electrical circuits that are brought into the brewing process should meet the NEC (National Electrical Code) for your type of operation. Given that liquids are involved, this probably means GFCIs, etc. There is a lot of good information on this subject on the Internet.
7. Distractions from whatever source should be minimized, and other persons around the brewing area can just mulitply the hazards. It may be fun to have friends or fellow brewers around, but the latter are probably best, since they know what they're doing. I brew alone, and don't mind.
That's all I can think of right now....