October is Fire Prevention Month – Is Your Facility Safe?




October is Fire Prevention Month! Fun fact (or not-so-fun fact): we observe Fire Prevention Month to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire burned October 8 – October 10 and destroyed more than three square miles of buildings, killing 300 people and leaving 100,000 people without homes. Why is fire prevention especially important in material handling?


  • We stock expensive inventory
  • We house expensive equipment
  • Most importantly: the safety of our employees is top priority
It is  important to keep in mind fire safety when you are designing a system.  Courtney Material Handling, Inc. can help you with your design.





Pay close attention to load height. When you are determining the height of your racking, you need to leave at least 18 inches of space between the top of the highest load and the ceiling-mounted sprinkler heads. Anything higher than this will block the flow of water and compromise the protection that the sprinkler provides.


Provide the proper amount of flue space. If you use pallets, make sure there is at least 3 inches of space on either side of the pallet loads. You also need to make sure there is at least 6″ of space between rows of rack that are back-to-back. Flue space will help any fire spread vertically, brining it closer to the sprinklers and not your  inventory.


Know the type of materials you are storing. Is it flammable? This will help determine if you should have an in-rack sprinkler system installed to be closer to the source of the fire, should it ever happen.

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