We have a warehouse with all steel parts and materials. There are no pallets.
If these parts and materials are stored on 25-foot high racks, does the design criteria of Chapter 16 in NFPA 13 (2016 Edition) apply for a commodity like this?
Am I missing something critical here?
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3/14/2022 07:44:45 am
Doesn't seem like you are. I don't see much specific guidance on noncombustible metal (steel) parts and materials, so I couldn't tell you what commodity classification is correct (but it doesn't seem like it would be high.) But I also don't see any reason Chapter 16 wouldn't apply.
3/14/2022 08:13:10 am
If there is any packaging at all such as polystyrene wrap, pallets, single of double thickness corrugated then it sounds like you're in Class -I Commodity and protect it using the appropriate design curve in chapter 16. If it simply is steel parts on steel rack with no pallets or other combustible packaging, its a Class-0 commodity. Sometimes, you can make the case to omit protection altogether, or protect the overriding occupancy as OH2
3/14/2022 11:37:53 am
3/14/2022 11:44:37 am
As indicated by Jesse, if you have metal racks and metal parts storage with no packaging at all (no pallets, no plastic encapsulation…) in a non combustible building, you’re not even part of NFPA 13… you don’t need sprinkler protection and you’re the dream of any insurance company.
3/14/2022 11:50:17 am
And don’t be afraid of metal fires.
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