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4-high Storage Of Steel Drums Approved

August 8th, 2000 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News

In a recent news release, the National Fire Protection Association approved an amendment to NFPA 30 that allows steel drums filled with flammable and combustible liquids and fitted with "relieving style" plugs to be stacked four high in certain warehouses. The warehouses must be equipped with foam-water fire suppression systems. The NFPA decision nearly doubles warehouse space while safely managing the fire hazards associated with the storage of hazardous materials. The standard was approved following testing which showed that relieving style plugs (e.g., nylon) could be used in steel containers to prevent catastrophic failures, thereby allowing greater storage of steel drums in warehouses protected with advanced fire suppression equipment. The National Fire Protection Association will publish a new Fire Code incorporating the new requirements later this year.

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