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7.14 Fire Protection for Storage Facilities

General Storage. The storage arrangements and protection of a general storage facility shall meet the requirements of NFPA 13 and NFPA 231.

Rack Storage. The storage arrangements and protection of a rack storage facility shall meet the requirements of NFPA 13, NFPA 231 and NFPA 231C.

Record Storage. The storage arrangements and protection of a record storage facility shall meet the requirements of NFPA 13 and NFPA 232.

Archive and Record Center. The storage arrangements and protection of an archive and record center shall meet the requirements of NFPA 13, NFPA 232 and the information provided in NFPA 232A and the National Archives and Records Administration guidelines as published in the Federal Register, GSA sponsored large scale fire testing.

Special Requirements. The requirements below supersede the requirements of NFPA 232.

Smoke detectors shall be installed throughout archival storage areas in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 72.

Vincent E. McKelvey Federal Building, Menlo Park, CA
Vincent E. McKelvey Federal Building,
Menlo Park, CA

Track Files . A track file uses a single aisle to give access to an otherwise solid group of open-shelf files. Access is gained by moving shelf units on rollers along a track until the proper unit is exposed.

  • The track file system shall be constructed entirely of steel. At least 1.4 mm (18-gauge) sheet metal shall be used for all parts of the shelving unit.
  • The system shall be no more than 2400 mm (8 feet) high, and a minimum clearance of 460 mm (18 inches) shall be maintained between the top of the shelving and the ceiling.
  • The sprinkler density shall be 12.2 (L/min)/ m2 (0.3 gpm/sq ft) over 139 m2 (1500 sq ft). Sprinkler spacing shall be 9.3 m2 (100 ft2) maximum.
  • Clearance between units shall be a minimum 2 inches when filing system is in the closed position. To accomplish this mount bumpers on the face of each unit.
  • The back cover of stationary end files shall be solid sheet metal.
  • For floor loading requirements see Chapter 4.

Flammable and Combustible Liquid Storage. The storage arrangements and protection of a flammable and combustible liquid storage area shall meet the requirements of NFPA 30 and the applicable Factory Mutual Data Sheets.

 


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