ABSTRACT

Coffee Break Training: Automatic Sprinklers: Rubbish and Linen Chute Protection   [open pdf - 216KB]

"Today's dramatic eye-catching picture illustrates an important fire protection consideration in multistory buildings: protection of rubbish and linen chutes. Look closely at the right-hand side center of the picture and you will see the deflector of an automatic sprinkler. Rubbish and linen chutes are found in a variety of occupancies. While they are common in hotels, motels, apartment buildings, and other residential properties, they can occur in almost any multistory building. While these chutes are a convenient way for occupants to dispose of garbage or send dirty linen to a laundry room, they create a potential fire hazard because they are an unobstructed vertical path for fire and smoke. To minimize the hazard, the model fire and building codes require that automatic sprinklers be installed in the top of the chutes as well as the 'terminal room:' the space at the bottom of the chute where the rubbish and linen accumulate."

Report Number:
Coffee Break Training - Fire Protection Series No. FP-2009-32
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Date:
2009-08-11
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Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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