Flue space labels have become a standard in most cities in southern California and serve a great purpose in the fire safety of high piled storage. According to the NFPA, there must be a 6” transverse flue space between material loaded in a racking system. In some cities, the fire department requires you to have and maintain both your Transverse and Longitudinal Flue Space clear from obstruction in order for you to pass your High Piled Storage Permit sign-off.
Not sure if your jurisdiction requires you to maintain a clear Flue Space? Give us a call and we will help you determine the requirements for your city.
Transverse Flue Space
There are a few options to ensure your flue space remains clear from obstruction. “Keep Clear” labels are the most cost-effective solution to help maintain the proper 6″ transverse space on each side of the pallet (per NFPA guidelines). These serve as a reference to warehouse employees when loading material. Other options are physical barriers such as the FlueKeeper which attaches directly to the racks post and prevents the pallet from sitting next to the post.
Longitudinal Flue Space
The space between each back-to-back row known as the Longitudinal Flue Space must be kept clear to ensure your fire suppression systems works as intended. In the event of a fire, the flue spaces allow the fire to vent up so that it can be mitigated properly by the sprinkler system and will help contain it in one space rather than spreading across multiple rows.
Row Spacers are the most economical way to maintain proper flue spacing between rows while helping secure uprights. Other options include physical barriers to keep pallets on the racking system such as rack backs, pallet backstops, and more.
General Project Process
SITE VISIT & EVALUATION
During the site visit we identify what the objectives are for the project. Our team will arrive in the appropriate gear, get dimensions, thoroughly check the building and review our findings with you, the client.
Utilizing the discoveries collected during the site visit, your assigned sales rep will work with the team to configure a plan that will best serve your needs. We will then submit the project proposal for review.
Once the contract is signed, our team gets to work! We specialize in the design, submittal and approval of Building & High Pile Plans.
PERMIT APPROVAL & MATERIAL DELIVERY
Our team coordinates material delivery to align with permit approval to ensure we are ready to begin installation upon getting permits approved.
Our installation team is licensed, bonded and insured. With a Project Manger, an Install Manager and a Head Foreman, on site, we guarantee your project will be properly executed from start to finish.
INSPECTION BY THE CITY & CLIENT SIGN OFF
After installation is complete, we coordinate inspection and final walk through. If all is approved the appropriate department signs off on the project.