Paper Mill Fire Sprinklers

The Gorham Paper Mill in Gorham NH was a complicated project. CFP was asked to connect (through our design) the new massive addition's fire sprinkler system to the existing water supply in a very tight area. The structure posed quite a few problems for the design, since beam spacing and sizing had to take into account, not just the roof, but also cranes, large ductwork, mezzanines, access to immense machines, and cost. Verifying beam locations was challenged to our fear of heights as well. We were thankful for safety harnesses and secure railings. But, compared to the old paper mills we have designed systems for (the ones where you breathed sulphuric acid and could almost watch your tape measure dissolve), this plant was a joy to work in. Please contact Comprehensive Fire Protection for any fire protection project. It doesn't have to be this big a project. We like them small too....
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Tire Storage Fire Protection

Recently we made note of a new fire code in Massachusetts that could impact companies that store tires. TIRE STORAGE IN MASSACHUSETTS – Understanding the Codes For tire storage in Massachusetts there is a new table (903.2 note g) in the State Code that requires fire sprinklers throughout a building if the CUBIC feet of tire storage is greater than 20,000. This is an interesting change from typical requirements that are based on square footage and storage height. 20,000 cubic feet could be interpreted as 1 foot high over 20,000 sq. f.t, or 20 feet high over 1,000 sq. ft. An interesting problem for retail outlets whose tire inventory varies greatly over time. A fire at a tire store in Kentucky caused “tens of thousands of dollars” in lost inventory and damage to the building. Another tire shop fire was so large it shut down US 5 in Houston and recently there was an intentionally set fire in a tire storage facility in...
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