“Both the NFPA and the International Fire Code have provisions which require material susceptible to spontaneous ignition to be in listed containers, which are designed to contain or suppress a fire, and not contribute additional fuels.
Polyethylene laundry carts do NOT meet these requirements. One third of all laundry managers have suffered a fire. It makes little sense that non-sprinkled laundries continue to operate without listed containers!”
Fire Safety Professional and contributing NFPA code writer.
Click to read his informative White Paper, “Spontaneous Ignition Fires in Laundries”
NFPA reports the following losses to non-residential properties by fire:
- 2007 Total Reported Fire Loss : $3.1 billion
- International : $872 million
- Cooking Equipment : $126 million
- Electrical : $399 million
- Heating : $212 million
- Smoking Materials : $153 million
- Dryers : $17 million
- Spontaneous Ignition : $67 million
- Rubbish : $1 million