Not necessarily, you could use the provision of dissimilar adjacent hazards 
where you extend the more demanding design criteria 15 ft beyond the limit of 
that area per 12.3 (1) (2016 NFPA 13).

Craig Prahl | Jacobs | Group Lead – Fire Protection | 864.676.5252 | |<>

From: Sprinklerforum [] On 
Behalf Of John Irwin
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:23 AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] RE: Misc Rack Storage

Regardless of the trailers, do I need to provide .6/2000 for the racks? If so, 
do I need to do that for the entire 5,000 sqft area? Seems excessive.

John Irwin
DynaFire Inc. – “Same Day – Next Day”

From: Sprinklerforum 
 On Behalf Of Steve Leyton
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:19 AM
Subject: RE: Misc Rack Storage

I tend to agree – trailers potentially shielding fire load within from 
sprinklers above (5.4.2).


From: Sprinklerforum [] On 
Behalf Of Fpdcdesign
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:06 AM
To: Sprinklerforum
Subject: Re: Misc Rack Storage

Wouldn’t the trailer storage bring it up to EH2?

Todd G Williams, PE
Fire Protection Design/Consulting
Stonington, CT
860-535-2080 (ofc)
860-553-3553 (fax)
860-608-4559 (cell)

On May 17, 2018 at 9:47 AM, <John Irwin<>> wrote:
Here’s the situation … I have a 5,000 sqft, (currently) ordinary hazard mixed 
use space. The new tenant intends to store two emergency disaster management 
trailers in this space. However, along two walls, they want to put a 3-teir 
rack with storage up to 20’ in height. TOS in the center of the unit is 23-9.

The racks will contain a mix of group A plastic, emergency supplies in plastic 
totes, with lids, on non-combustible pallets.

Do I really have to upgrade this entire space from OH II to .6/2000?

Do I tell them they should just not store over 12’?

John Irwin
Fire Sprinkler Specialist
DynaFire, Inc. – “Same Day – Next Day”
727-282-9243 – Cell

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