Today's economic climate is forcing companies to transform empty warehouses into storage facilities instead of building pricier structures from scratch. Unfortunately, these revamped buildings might not be adequately sprinklered to handle the new commodities being housed in these spaces.
As columnist Matt Klaus explains in the latest issue of NFPA Journal, the authorities having jurisdictions (AHJ) tasked with permitting the building might not be aware of the new storage requirements, or a regulatory review of the new storage hazard never occurs.
"NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, requires owners to take the proper steps to confirm that the sprinkler system can handle the storage arrangements present whenever a change in hazard occurs," says Klaus. "A review of the sprinkler system for effectiveness should be conducted whereever there is a change in one or more of the critical characteristics that drive sprinkler system design for storage areas."
Read more about this issue in NFPA Journal.