You keep a lot of valuable inventory in your New York City warehouse, so you want to ensure that it’s safe at all times. This includes protection from fires, which has the capabilities of wiping out all of your products and even the facility itself if precautions aren’t taken.

Learn more about preventing fire hazards in your warehouse. This includes precautions that prevent fires from spreading, such as sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and fire doors. For everything you need to secure your warehouse in the event of a fire, contact United Steel Products about our selection of fire doors and fire shutters.

Install a Fire Sprinkler System

A fire sprinkler system is one of the best precautions that you can have in place in the event of a fire in your warehouse. Sprinkler systems are great for putting out fires that occur in closely packed areas where there are materials like plastic, wood, paper, and cardboard present.

After the installation of your fire sprinkler system, make sure none of your inventory is stacked within 18 inches of the sprinkler heads. This ensures that water can flow freely and reach all areas of the warehouse.

In addition to the height limit of your inventory, you should also make sure there are at least 3 inches of space between storage racks and 6 inches of space between back-to-back storage racks. 

For a full list of guidelines for your fire sprinkler system, review the fire code for warehouses in New York City.

Stock and Store Inventory Properly

On top of the requirements for your fire sprinkler system, there are standards that you need to meet when stocking and storing products in order to prevent fire hazards. These requirements include:

  • Dead-end aisles must be shorter than 50 feet
  • Solid floor storage must be within 50 feet of an aisle
  • Aisles need 24 inches of unobstructed space during manual restocking
  • Aisles need 44 inches of unobstructed space during mechanical restocking

These requirements ensure that anyone working in the warehouse can quickly evacuate in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Stocking and Storing Flammable Materials

If you store flammable materials in your warehouse, you will need to adhere to more strict guidelines in order to prevent fires. Fire risks and flammable materials include:

  • Automated material handling operations
  • Battery charging stations
  • Plastic
  • Aerosols 
  • Hazardous materials

Smoking should be prohibited in warehouses entirely, but it’s especially important in warehouses that contain flammable materials. Other items such as propane tanks for forklifts should be stored according to fire safety codes.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher

Besides a fire sprinkler system, another great way to get a fire under control is through the use of fire extinguishers. Keep your warehouse stocked with proper fire extinguishers and train your team on how to use them. When used correctly, fire extinguishers are capable of controlling and putting out 80% of fires.

Create an Evacuation Plan

Fire code requirements are created to make sure you and your employees are able to quickly and safely exit the warehouse in the event of a fire. To expand on this, it’s a good idea to create an evacuation plan. Designated exits are important but, at the end of the day, just make sure your employees know how to get to the closest exit as quickly and calmly as possible.

Install Fire Doors

Another precaution that can help contain a fire in your warehouse is the installation of fire doors and fire shutters. When you purchase fire doors and shutters through United Steel Products, you have the ability to customize your order to include all of the features you need to contain a fire and keep your employees safe.

Our fire doors have heat-sensing technology that will trigger the door to close automatically at a certain temperature and has the capability to detect smoke. This makes our doors more reliable than many others.

The closing speed of the fire doors can also be customized the ensure that your team can safely evacuate, and doors will stay closed for a pre-programmed amount of time to ensure that the fire stays contained.

Learn more about the capabilities of our fire doors and fire shutters and contact United Steel Products today to place an order. With fire doors from USP, you’ll be able to protect your warehouse, your products, and your employees from fire hazards.