Tire Storage Safety
Even More Safety Tips
For retail operations, no more than 250 tires should be stored inside the building. If pick-up of used tires is done on a weekly basis, no more than 50 used tires should be stored on site. Appropriate indoor storage requires tires to be stacked in stable configurations to prevent collapse and for 1 metre wide aisles to be maintained free of obstruction.
Warehouses with an area of more than 250sq meters (2,691 sq ft) used for storage of tires must be equipped with automatic sprinklers that are designed and adequate for the occupancy. Proper storage of tires is critical. Properly stored new tires are an acceptable fire hazard subject to appropriate racking and clearances which allow for firefighting access. Due to the risk of damage to valuable stock of new tires, they are to be protected from damage by heat, light, moisture, ozone and deformation while in storage.
For general fire prevention, ensure portable fire extinguishers are wall mounted and serviced annually, any welding or hot work is done in approved areas and that smoking is prohibited.
The most common and cost-effective way to accommodate the growing demand for tire storage is to use shipping containers located outdoors, away from buildings. These containers are inexpensive to obtain and provide secure storage. To prevent unauthorized access, ensure all four lock slots are utilized using quality padlocks, and shroud or house the locks to deter cutting.
If tires are stored in a chain linked area, be sure to secure against unauthorized access and locate tires at least 15 metres away from buildings. It’s important to control vegetation growth and maintain good housekeeping in the area to reduce the risk of fire.