Pallets are used in a variety of industries and promote the transportation
and storage of goods and products. However, when they are not in use
(idle), pallets can create a significant fire hazard, particularly if they
are stored incorrectly.
Not only are most pallets made of combustible materials like wood or
plastic, but they can also render a sprinkler system ineffective if they
are stacked too high. This is because, in the event of a fire, more water
is needed to reach pallets at the bottom of the stack. Furthermore, stacked
wood pallets can act as a chimney or flue that promotes the rapid spread of
To help businesses manage fire risks associated with idle pallets, the
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has specific guidance related
to idle pallet storage—
NFPA 1: Fire Code
NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.
This Risk Insights provides a general overview of these requirements,
helping organizations to mitigate ...