How Automatic Sprinklers Systems Help Prevent Warehouse Fires

Understanding warehouse fires can help your business prevent significant fire losses of property and lives. Fireline is here to keep you informed about warehouse fire safety and effective fire suppression systems you should incorporate in your warehouse.

Warehouse fire protection has made great advances because of the lessons learnt from catastrophic warehouse fires of the past.

The following are some warehouse fire protection methods the fire safety industry uses now because of past lessons:

  1. Automatic Sprinkler Designs are required to match Fire Hazards. This was made a rule after 1978 Supermarket General warehouse fire in Edison, NJ. At the warehouse, the storage of aerosol cans triggered a fire that engulfed the building. A fire hazard of the sort can penetrate the roof of a building and fill the building with smoke all within five minutes or less. If the ceiling-only sprinkler system is not a match for the fire hazards in your warehouse, it cannot control the fire.
  2. An Automatic Sprinkler System should always be properly maintained and have adequate water supply. This is mandatory so your sprinkler system will be ready to suppress a fire. Water supply pressure deficiency is often a major contributor to catastrophic warehouse fires. Often warehouse sprinkler systems depend on automatic fire pumps for adequate water supply flow and pressure. Without properly functioning fire pumps, your sprinkler system will not control or suppress a fire. The Fire pump level of reliability will all depend upon proper design, installation, inspection, testing and maintenance.
  3. Fire Detection and Notification Cannot Be Delayed. Usually the sprinkler system is the first automatic fire detection tool that will alert warehouse workers that a fire is happening in the warehouse. For immediate fire detection, the water flow switch should be connected to your warehouse’s local fire alarm control panel and that fire alarm control panel should be monitored by the remote central station service. The central station service job is to call the fire department immediately if a fire alarm signals in the warehouse.

Install a reliable fire sprinkler system and have it regularly serviced by Fireline Corporation to keep your building protected at all times.

Fireline can design, furnish and install all types of fire sprinkler systems including wet pipe systems, pre-action systems and deluge systems as well as standpipe systems and fire pumps. Read about our sprinklers by clicking here.

We are a Maryland corporation founded in 1947 by John S. Waters. Fireline remains a pioneer in the fledgling fire equipment distribution business and we have grown to encompass all facets of fire protection. Our Totally Integrated Protection Solutions provide you with a wide variety of services. We can design, install, inspect, or service any type of fire protection system. From fire alarm to fire extinguisher, we do it all.

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Source: http://magazine.sfpe.org/special-hazards/lessons-learned-understanding-warehouse-fires

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