If you run a warehouse or distribution center, it is crucial to understand your building’s fire risks. In general, these types of spaces are large and have multiple fire risks. It is crucial for those in charge to understand that compliance with fire safety codes is important. Reviewing the information below will give you a bit of insight into what you may need to consider going forward to create a safer work environment. Read on to learn more!
Common Fire Causes in Warehouses
There are many factors that contribute to warehouse fires. The top causes are electrical malfunctions and poor housekeeping. All electrical systems and components should be regularly maintained. Damaged conduits, wires, lighting fixtures, and heating units must be inspected. Addressing problems early on and repairing damaged equipment will help to avoid problems and reduce risk.
Trash, flammable and combustible materials, along with cigarette-related fires, are also a significant factor. Trash must always be disposed of properly. Any combustible or flammable materials or liquids can cause a fire hazard, especially if they are stored near trash or electrical equipment. Such materials must be removed from the work environment and stored properly.
Smoking must be strictly controlled. Employees can be allowed to smoke in designated spots outside the building. You must have proper disposal containers for discarded smoking materials. Never locate smoking areas near combustible or flammable materials.
How to Minimize the Fire Risk
Understanding what causes fires is only part of the equation. You must know how to minimize risk based on the storage classification of your building. In general, warehouses have high ceilings and large areas of floor space. Many facilities have rack storage which require specialized sprinkler systems. These systems are specifically designed to control fires with limited access and high combustible loads. Fire alarm systems with enhanced detection and notification may be required. As always, proper and adequate placement of fire extinguishers is a must.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are located in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.