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How to Avoid Flammable Things and House Relocation in Moving by van

Updated: Nov 16, 2019

Do you plan to relocate? Have you booked a van to help you as you move your stuff to some other place? How many things are you packing? Are you going to need a whole truck to transport your stuff? How did you pack each item? Did you just pile all the small stuff in boxes and wrap all the big stuff? Or are you leaving some things uncovered? Let us tell you that you might be rushing things and we would suggest that you take a look at this article, especially if you plan to move flammable things. One needs to be especially careful while moving things. There are chances for damage and accident. Taking the necessary precautions can either help ensure that nothing bad happens or at least prepare you for the worst to come. This article will help let you know about the risk of flammable things during relocation and flammable things to avoid while transporting stuff by van.

How to Avoid Flammable Things and House Relocation in Moving by van
House Relocation in Moving

Risk of flammable things during relocation:

Relocating is not as easy as it sounds or seems. It is important to remember Murphy’s law when it comes to moving things from one place to another place; ‘What can go wrong, will go wrong.’ So while engaging in something as serious as relocation, one needs to be best prepared for every possible outcome. But fear not because this section of the article is all about educating and preparing you for the worst, in other words, the risk of transporting flammable things with all the other stuff.

Damage to own property:

When we transport something flammable and hazardous by van, for the purpose of relocation, there exists the possibility of the particular flammable item igniting and setting ablaze near-by articles. This is a high-risk factor especially when the particular article next to the flammable item is made of wood or cloth or paper or some other form of fibre, like furniture and books. Another worse outcome is the ignited flammable item passing the torch to some other flammable item, thereby creating a much worse fire to break out inside the van.

Personal injury:

Sometimes, we tend to stay with the movers (in the van) or with the stuff we are transporting. A fire accident could prove undoubtedly harmful to us in such an instance. The is very little that one can do when a fire breaks out suddenly and we are unprepared regarding necessary safety precautions. The smoke could begin to suffocate us (since the fire quickly burns through oxygen and releases a lot of carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide).

Major accidents:

A sudden fire could result in a major road accident. Which could also mean unintentional damage to public property or the environment.

Attracting unnecessary attention:

Our failure to take the necessary precautions and the accidental fire (regardless of its scale) could turn the law against us, for lack of preparedness or illegal transportation (transporting flammable/hazardous stuff that shouldn’t be moved by van)

Damage to relocation van and/or the movers:

A fire accident not only damages our property but also the movers’ van or equipment. A major fire would also put their lives at risk, no doubt in that.

Flammable things to avoid while transporting by van:

While transporting things by van for the purpose of relocation, it is especially important that one does not include any flammable object (regardless of its size) while transporting with other things. Before we discuss what not to pack, let us talk about the

Method to avoid the risks mentioned above:

  • Make a list of what your plan to move

  • Segregate the flammable things from the non-flammable things

  • Store the flammable things separately (it is best to also label what you intend to transport by van so that the movers don’t mistakenly load the flammable stuff into the van)

  • Load the flammable things into your personal car at first or instruct the movers to do special packaging for it

  • Supervise the things being loaded into the van or just make sure that nothing flammable is loaded into the van

It is also the movers’ priority to ensure that nothing flammable gets into the van and to double or triple check the contents loaded into the van (according to a list provided by you). The movers can also take extra-special precaution in case something flammable is loaded into the van (with their knowledge) and do the necessary. Remember these guidelines and you’ll be able to avoid Murphy’s law from occurring.

A list of the things not to load into the van during relocation is:

  • Spirits and alcohol

  • Gas cylinders

  • Cigarette lighters

  • Ammunition

  • Fireworks

  • Charcoal lighters

  • Acids

  • Car batteries

  • Ammonia

  • Charcoal

  • Oil,

  • kerosene,

  • petrol or diesel

  • Hazardous chemicals

  • Matches Pesticides

  • Paint

  • Igniters or lighters

  • Fertilizer

  • Household batteries

  • Pesticides

  • Pesticides and weed killers

  • Any form of aerosols

  • Propane tanks

  • Yard equipment containing fuel

  • Candles


It is important for one to remember that the excessive heat inside the relocation van is a prime cause for the flammable object catching on fire. This is highly probable especially while relocating during the summer or on a really hot day.

Remember not to pack important documents, doctors prescriptions, currency notes, electronic cards, hospital records, certificates and even storage devices containing important data along with the stuff that you plan to transport by van. The worst thing you would want is the fire consuming important things like that. It is best to carry all that you feel important with you in your personal vehicle or to hand it over to a reliable person if you plan to travel in the relocating van along with all the other stuff.

In the end, it all comes down to proper planning and execution. Work with your movers on how to transport each item safely. Professional movers generally have a list that states the things they are allowed transport and this prohibits flammables. It is best to seek their guidance on how to safely transport flammables.

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