Do Storage Facilities Have Fire Protection Systems in Place?
When it comes to finding a storage facility, one of the key considerations is if they have a fire protection system in place. At Yaletown Storage, we believe in the importance of protecting our clientele’s inventory to the best of our capabilities, and that includes robust fire protection systems.
Unfortunately, this does not mean that every storage option on the market will meet the same standards. For this article, we outline the benefits of fire protection systems.
For the most part, fire protection systems have to be simple. Because storage warehouses often house water-damageable materials such as electronics, sprinkler systems cannot be used across the entire space. It could potentially result in more damage to inventory than the fire itself.
Therefore, implementing a robust fire detection plan and designing the facility safely is fundamental to protecting storage lockers. A good storage facility will have consistently maintained smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in place.
Furthermore, the design of the building will also play a big part in fire protection. One of the benefits of “mini” self-storage facilities is that individual units are compartmentalized. There is a thick wall between each rented storage area. This ensures that in the case of a fire, flames are unable to spread as quickly as they would in a large-scale open warehouse.
Protecting Staff and Clients
If it needs to be said, storage facilities are not just concerned with protecting inventory. Both clients and employees are the biggest priority in the event of a fire. Even if elevators are usually used by staff and clients, an open and maintained stairwell is still necessary. A fire escape is required to ensure individuals can safely exit the building in the event of a crisis.
Do All Storage Facilities Meet Fire Protection Guidelines?
The short answer is that it depends. Good storage facilities will always have a robust fire protection system in place. However, there are still many companies that decide to forgo proper guidelines and provincial regulations to save money. Even at the risk of the livelihoods of their clients and staff.
If protection is your biggest concern, Yaletown Storage is perfect for you. We give fire protection the importance it deserves and would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our fire systems or policies.
Yaletown Mini Storage offers brightly lit, clean, affordable storage units in downtown Vancouver. Most units have 8-foot ceilings, and there are no access fees or limitations.
If you have any questions about this article or our downtown Vancouver storage units, contact us at (604) 603-5885.