Environmental, Health and Safety Services

What is university's storage policy?

Ceiling Clearance – 24 inches in non-sprinklered buildings is strictly required for ceiling clearance.  This will allow manual hose streams of water to effectively reach the top of a burning piles and any adjunct storage. Ceiling clearances of 18 inches is required in sprinklered areas to allow the even distribution of water to the storage.

Means of Egress - Combustible materials cannot be stored in corridors or egress paths that could jeopardize the safety of occupants leaving the building.

Equipment Rooms - Combustible materials cannot be stored in boiler rooms, mechanical rooms or electrical closet and equipment rooms.

Fueled Equipment – Motorcycles, mopeds, lawn-care equipment and portable cooking equipment cannot be stored inside buildings.  The exception to these is those spaces that are designed and rated for the specific fueled equipment, such as a garage.

Storage under canopies and roofs that project from the building – This would include loading docks, entrance canopies, etc.  Storage is permitted if an automatic sprinkler system is present.

Storage Heights Piled storage in the open cannot exceed 20 feet.  This will reduce the size of a potential fire and prevent tip-over potential.