Special Hazardous Commodities
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10
Expected Duration: 1 Hour
This self-paced online course discusses the special hazards associated with roll paper, hanging garments, carpet and cold storage. The goal of this course is for you to be aware of the dangers associated with these commodities and how to safely and effectively guard them against fires and fire damage.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- Identify why roll paper is a special warehouse hazard and how to reduce exposure to the danger.
- Explain the issues affecting sprinkler protection and the storage of rolls.
- List why hanging garment pole rack systems require unique sprinkler protection designs, often incorporating barriers or mezzanines.
- Explain the importance of quick response to control fires by an emergency response team.
- Identify why sprinklers are not designed to control fires involving non-woven fabrics.
- Describe warehouse personnel awareness of warehouse contents to know if a hazard is being introduced to their facility, and personnel training on the warehouse's sprinkler system.
- Describe Cold Storage warehousing sprinkler issues.
Who Will Benefit
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects
- Roll paper is a warehouse hazard as rolls unravel when burning, continually adding fresh fuel to the fire. Banded or treated kraft paper coverings may reduce this exposure.
- Sprinkler protection is based on how arrays are spaced. As little as two inches between rolls can affect sprinkler criteria and performance.
- Paper rolls swell when wet, and expanding rolls can push down walls and columns.
- Hanging garment pole rack systems require unique sprinkler protection designs, often incorporating barriers or mezzanines.
- Hanging garments burn fiercely and are highly susceptible to heat, smoke and water damage.
- Quick response to control fires by an emergency response team is very important.
- Non-Woven Fabrics burn intensely, like flammable liquids.
- Most sprinkler systems are not designed to control non-woven fabrics.
- Warehouse personnel need to remain aware of their stock contents to know if this hazard is being introduced to their facility.
- Cold Storage warehousing must remain concerned about water in their system.
- Standing water must be removed immediately or ice plugs will form in the sprinklers systems. The sprinkler systems must be disassembled and thawed outside of the space if icing occurs.
- Warehouse crews need to know their sprinkler systems and how to shut-off and drain them quickly, if needed.