Learn about Warehouse Sprinkler Systems
Warehouse sprinkler systems are placed strategically within a warehouse to suppress and extinguish a fire. Sprinkler systems are often required by municipalities to comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulations. These regulations were created to ensure the safety of employees and protection of assets in a distribution center.
RCS is a woman owned and operated, WBE certified company that provides full project management of warehouse sprinkler systems, including permitting support and installation. We work with end users, manufacturers, dealers, and contractors to provide a safe, compliant material handling system. We partner with a highly rated fire protection engineering firm to create the proper drawings necessary to comply with all fire codes applicable to your municipality.
RCS Warehouse Sprinkler
RCS is a team of experts that thoroughly understand the requirements of overhead and in-rack sprinkler systems. We ensure this complex process runs smoothly so that your material handling system can be completed on time.
We provide full project management of overhead and in-rack sprinkler systems for all types of rack systems, including multi-level rack systems. We take all steps necessary to provide you with a safe, compliant material handling system.
01 Sprinkler System Evaluation
02 Permitting Support
03 Sprinkler System Procurement and Installation
Types of Warehouse Sprinkler Systems
Overhead sprinklers are fire suppression systems that are installed on the ceiling. There are many types of overhead sprinkler systems available, for example, ESFR systems (Early Suppression, Fast Response).
Often, a warehouse will have an existing overhead sprinkler system installed. In this case, RCS can often identify minor corrections to the existing overhead system that will satisfy life safety requirements.
In-rack sprinkler systems, when required, are placed strategically within a rack system. Since they’re typically placed on multiple levels of the system, it delivers water immediately to all storage areas necessary. This can help avoid extra product loss due to water being released only in the bay(s) needed.
In-rack sprinklers are usually required for multi-level systems. This is because it’s more difficult for water from the ceiling to penetrate the lower levels of a dense, multi-level system.
For freestanding systems, what commodity is being stored is often the driver of whether in-rack sprinklers are required. For example, the storage of motor oil, aerosols, and some flammable plastics all require a sprinkler system. Additionally, the presence of an existing sprinkler system, such as an ESFR sprinkler system, can affect what is going to be required.
Warehouse Sprinkler Systems
with RCS it’s easy
01 Step One
An RCS expert will determine where all sprinklers should be located to satisfy local municipality requirements.
We will provide this information to all applicable parties to have this included in the CADD drawings.
02 Step Two
We will determine if a high pile storage permit is required. If required, we will provide a high pile storage drawing containing all life safety information, including sprinkler and fire protection information. This is then submitted to the municipality for approval.
03 Step Three
Once all drawings are completed and all required permits are obtained, RCS engineers will source sprinklers from our network of approved vendors based on requirements and cost. We’ll work with all necessary parties to install these.
RCS is a team of experts that
thoroughly understand the
requirements of warehouse
Combined years of experience project managing material handling systems
Combined years of experience engineering material handling systems
Combined years of experience implementing material handling system safety regulations
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are various types of sprinklers used in warehouses, including wet pipe, dry pipe, pre-action, and deluge sprinkler systems. The type of sprinkler system used depends on the specific needs and hazards of the warehouse.
OSHA does not have specific standards that require the installation of sprinkler systems. However, OSHA does require that employers provide a safe workplace for their employees, and sprinkler systems can be an effective tool in mitigating fire hazards in a workplace.
In cold storage warehouses, where temperatures are often below freezing, we recommend utilizing dry pipe sprinkler systems, which are typically the most effective for our clients. Dry pipe sprinkler systems use pressurized air or nitrogen to hold back water in the pipes until a sprinkler head activates, which then releases the pressurized air and allows water to flow through the pipes and onto the fire.
High-hazard facilities such as chemical plants, refineries, or power plants often require specialized sprinkler systems to address specific hazards. Depending on the hazards involved, foam-water sprinkler systems, deluge sprinkler systems, or water mist sprinkler systems can be effective solutions for high-hazard environments.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) develops and publishes over 300 codes and standards related to fire safety, including the installation and maintenance of sprinkler systems. The purpose of the NFPA standards is to provide guidance to fire protection professionals, architects, engineers, and others to ensure that buildings are designed, constructed, and maintained with fire safety in mind.