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The importance of keeping your flue Space clear

The importance of keeping your flue Space clear

What is Flue Space? A Flue Space is vertical lines of sight from the floor up to the ceiling within a pallet rack system. There are two types of flue space; transverse flue space and longitudinal flue space. Transverse flues are the spaces between rows of storage in the direction of loading.
Longitudinal flues are the spaces between rows of storage perpendicular to the direction of loading with a width up to 24 in. (600 mm). Longitudinal flues greater than 24 in. (600 mm) wide are treated as aisles.

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What are Flue Space Labels?

Flue Space Labels come in three sizes, the latest Fire Authority Code and your High Pile Storage specialist determine the size of the label.

The most commonly used flue space labels in the market are OSHA YELLOW with RED fonts, and the most used sizes are: 1.5"W x 3"H, 3"W x 3"H, and the 6"W x 2.5"H.

The purpose of a flue label is to provide a visual representation to your forklift operators and local fire department personnel that the transverse flue space requirements in your pallet racking system are free of obstructions by your product(s).

But more importantly, the primary purpose of flue space labels is to allow the fire sprinkler system in a warehouse to work correctly in case of a fire.

Flue Labels come in two stock types - 3 different sizes

What is a Flue Space Label? Flue Labels for warehouse conformance - Flue Labels
  • Standard Coated labels - our standard coated flue labels are for light and medium duty environments where minimal traffic and low moisture is present.
  • Suitable for Dry rooms, electronics parts, perishable goods or makeup distribution centers.
  • Vinyl (BOPP) stock labels - made of Biaxially-Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) are water, oil, and dirt resistant. Our heavy-duty flue space labels are suitable for high traffic areas where durability is needed.
  • BOPP flue labels are ideal for Dry rooms, Electronics parts, perishable goods, food distribution centers, cold-rooms, and beverage distribution centers.

1.5 Inch Flue Space Labels

Our 1.5-Inch Labels made of standard or vinyl stock, are designed to fit Pallet Rack Beams 3.5-Inch up to 6 Inch.

The flue space label can be used with or without wire decks.

3 Inch Flue Space Labels

Our 3 Inch, Labels, is the most commonly used and purchased label in the market. Made of standard or vinyl stock are designed to fix step beams 3.5-Inch to 6" face.

Flue space label can be used with or without wire decks.

6" Flue Space Label

Our 6-inch label is our secondary, commonly used flue label. The 6-Inch flue label comes in Standard Stock or Vinyl to meet the demands of your project. The flue Space Label fits Step beams with a 3.5 inch up to the 6-inch face.

flue space label can be used with or without wire decks.

Why Do I need Flue Space Labels?

As warehouses continue to evolve, the need for higher density sprinkler systems cannot be overemphasized. In recent years the average “clear height” in a warehouse can be as high as 32 feet, in comparison to older warehouses that only had a clear height of 24-28 feet.

This evolution has pushed rack manufacturers to fabricate taller storage systems that will not only reach new heights but also increase a tenants throughput and increase cubic storage space in a warehouse.

Because of such evolution, the need for adequate longitudinal and transverse flue space is needed in a storage rack system. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a warehouse with proper pallet rack flue space can help reduce losses due to fire as well as reduce the number of deaths.

How do Flue space labels help me in the warehouse?

The taller your rack system, the harder it is to keep all of your flue spaces clear from obstructions. The purpose of the flue space label is to assure that you have some visual representation of your flue space depending on how many elevations your storage system may have.

What is Flue Space?

Longitudinal Flue Space

What are flue labels

Is the space between rows of storage perpendicular to the direction of loading with a width not exceeding 24 inches between storage

Transverse Flue Space

Transverse Flue Space - Flue Space Labels - Flue Labels

Is the space between rows parallel to the direction of loading

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