HIGH BAY WAREHOUSES FIRE RISKS
The use of centralized distribution centres and warehouses has become an accepted logistic strategy among larger retail corporations. These distribution centres often cover demands in a wide geographic area and they are sized accordingly. With the introduction of unmanned automated high-bay warehouses compartment sizes are growing even bigger. Although this particular logistic approach brings many advantages such as decreased handling costs and increased control, it unfortunately also comes with the downside of increased vulnerability.
In case of fire, a large fire is the worst imaginable scenario, but the openness of these warehouses mean that also smaller, more probable, fires still could affect a great amount of goods through the buoyancy driven transport of smoke and heat. And of course, as with any traditional fire suppression system, the damage has already been done by the time the system is triggered.