More and more often, warehouses are storing products over 45 feet in the air. Many fire sprinklers won't accommodate this height, yet, fire protection is often ignored when products start to be stored higher and higher.
In this article, you will learn how fire sprinklers need to be adjusted to meet the needs of products stored 45 feet or higher in warehouses.
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The United States has more than 600,000 warehouses with an average of 17,400 square feet. As business grows, the warehouse must grow with it. Expanding the footprint of the building to accommodate a growing business is far more expensive than building up. However, when a warehouse expands in height, fire protection becomes an issue. In-rack sprinklers or ceiling fire sprinklers need to be able to reach wherever the fire is, and if pallets are stacked too high, they will inhibit the spray.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire sprinkler regulations are being explored. Changes in firefighting strategy, limitations in water supply, and the increase in warehouse size provoked the Fire Protection Research Foundation to investigate new fire protection options. They looked at fire detection for early fire warning, fire location identification and monitoring in warehouses, benefits of quicker suppression systems, reducing water supply requirements, and minimizing the involvement of fire departments. When we bring higher ceiling heights into the mix, fire sprinklers get even more complicated. However, with the evolution of warehouse expansion, fire protection has evolved as well and provided a less expensive way for warehouses to expand.