NFPA’s Matt Klaus to moderate panel on Considerations for Warehouse Fire Safety during November 4 Webinar

October 26, 2020 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host a Considerations for Warehouse Fire Safety webinar on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) for contractors, installers, engineers, facility managers, and code officials. Register for the Considerations for Warehouse Fire Safety webinar today.

Large scale warehouse fires have occurred in recent months, including one in Redlands, California at a distribution center being used as an Amazon facility. NFPA research shows that, on average, there are 1,410 warehouse fires annually which result in two deaths, 20 injuries and $159.4 million in direct property damage.

NFPA research shows that, on average, there are 1,410 fires annually which result in two deaths and 20 injuries and direct property damage of $159.4 million.

A trio of industry experts will cover some of the key considerations for warehouse fire safety during a roundtable panel discussion moderated by Matt Klaus, NFPA Director of Technical Services, and a highly regarded subject matter expert in his own right. Participants include:

  • James Golinveaux – President & CEO of Viking Group will provide insights on testing, storage and warehousing history
  • Tracey Bellamy – Chief Engineering Officer at Telgian will offer engineering and design perspective, as well as ITM information for large enterprises
  • Dave Lowrey – Fire Marshal, City of Boulder (CO), will weigh in from an authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) point of view

“Warehouse fire safety has always been a priority at NFPA but given some recent high-profile incidents and the exponential expansion of the warehousing and distribution industry over the last few years, we’ve assembled an all-star panel to discuss key concepts for keeping people and keeping warehouses operating safely,” Klaus said.

At a minimum, the following topics will be addressed during the webinar with plenty of time allotted for questions and answers:

  • How warehouses are typically specified and built
  • Importance of commodity classification
  • ESFR sprinklers – design and limitations
  • Management of change
  • Importance of ITM 

Register for the Considerations for Warehouse Fire Safety webinar today. NFPA also offers great resources that pertain to warehouses including incident statistics, reports, and suppression related research. Earlier this year, new information on Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) sprinklers was also posted on the NFPA website because ESFRs are often installed in warehouses to avoid installation of in-rack sprinklers.

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