- Outside storage locations should be protected from unauthorized access. Pallets should be stored in locked trailers or in fenced and well lighted yard. Motion detector lighting or surveillance cameras with activation to smart phone should be installed.
- Locate pallets away from the main facility and other outside storage including vehicles and finished products. The distance between the facility and the pallets should be at least 30 feet of clearance for up to 200 pallets and at least 50 feet of clearance for storage of more than 200 pallets.
- Outside storage areas of pallets need to be well maintained and housekeeping needs to be a top priority, i.e. weed and dry grass control and no smoking.
- Indoor floor storage of pallets should be limited to six feet in height, with single stacks (four pallets per group) separated by at least eight feet, or 25 feet from commodity storage.
- Indoor stacked pallets that are over six feet in height should be protected by an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13 which is the standard for installation of Sprinkler Systems.
- Rack storage should not be permitted unless protected by an Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) sprinkler system again in accordance with NFPA 13.
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This post was written by Tim Munoz, a Senior Risk Control representative in our Minnesota office. Tim has more than 20 years of experience in the property and casualty environment as a risk control rep, including as a regional risk control manager and territory field rep.