17 - Yard Storage

Yard storage presents a significant fire hazard to property through accidental ignition. Fires involving combustible goods in close proximity to buildings can spread to buildings and cause severe damage.

Examples of yard storage include wooden or plastic pallets, crates, palletized or crated stock, rubbish in open bins and waste paper, packaging and goods stored under canopies.

What do we look for?

Exposures

  • Considers the amount of yard storage and the fire threat associated with the yard storage
  • Fire threat ranges from non-combustible goods in combustible packaging up to high hazard commodities such as idle pallet and flammable liquids

Controls

  • Yard storage kept separated from important buildings or structures
  • Regular removal of waste and excess pallets to limit combustible storage.

Risk improvement ideas

  • Keep yards around buildings and important structures (such as transformers, cooling towers, and emergency generators) free of combustible storage.
  • Establish designated external storage areas for combustibles with good clearance from buildings. At least 10 m (33 ft) is recommended for most yard storage and 15 m (50 ft) to 30 m (100 ft) for very high hazard yard storage such as idle pallets and flammable liquids.