FPA releases updated guidelines for LPC sprinkler rules


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Updated technical bulletin for LPC sprinkler rules focuses on idle pallet storage

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) has released a revised Technical Bulletin (TB) as part of its LPC Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Installations 2015, providing updated guidance on the proper storage of idle pallets within the industry.

As reported by the FPA, the LPC Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Installations 2015 is the UK’s primary sprinkler installation standard, incorporating the full BS EN 12845:2015+A1:2019 standard and related Technical Bulletins.

The TB215: Sprinkler Protection of Idle Pallet Storage update addresses the increasing number of timber and plastic pallets found both internally and externally in various storage configurations.

Fire risks and solutions for idle pallets

The updated TB outlines the significant challenge idle pallet storage poses to sprinklers in controlling or extinguishing fires.

Wooden pallets, in particular, can dry out and ignite easily when stacked in piles inside warehouses.

TB215: 2024: 1 addresses these risks by providing enhanced solutions for contractors and clients.

The bulletin offers detailed guidance on pallet material classification, storage arrangements, and storage options concerning height and design density.

It also includes a cross-reference to TB234: Protection to High Hazard Storage (HHS) Configurations and information about sprinkler head requirements, Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) options, and confirmed water supply options.

Comprehensive research and updates for subscribers

The revised TB incorporates recent research reviewing fire test information and international standards to offer a more robust sprinkler protection option for idle pallet storage.

For digital subscribers, the TB has been automatically updated on both web and app platforms, while print subscribers will receive the update by post along with the necessary filing instructions.

This update follows the FPA’s launch of a subscription service for the LPC Sprinkler Rules in January 2024.

The subscription model ensures that subscribers automatically receive the latest updates, including new and revised TBs, throughout the year for an annual fee.

This service aims to keep subscribers informed of the latest changes in life safety and property protection.

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