Wooden pallets are important to businesses that store products in warehouses and load and move large amounts of product. Unused and idle pallets can create a fire hazard, so proper storage is necessary. Follow the national safety regulations to ensure safe storage.
Store wooden pallets away from the main building in a structure that's of lesser value.
If you must store pallets in the main building, pare down the number that regularly goes unused. Keep only enough wooden pallets for one day's operations.
Avoid storing idle pallets between aisles or racks. If a fire occurs, the pallets will spread the flames more rapidly.
Stack wooden pallets no more than six feet high. Store them flat, and don't stack them on end.
Each pallet pile should include no more than four stacks per pile. Keep the piles at least eight feet apart and at least 25 feet away from any commodities in the building.
Make sure the building's sprinkler system is functioning properly and meets fire safety codes.
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