Of the 3,400 warehouse blazes attended by fire crew since 2010, around half (49%) did not have alarms and just 6% had sprinklers
When the latest regulatory guidance was written in 2006, the design of warehouses was different than what we tend to see today in the world of the logistics. The rise of e-commerce has seen warehouses arranged on multiple levels with automated machinery and within a large volume. These enormous warehouses can be seven times the size of an average out-of-town DIY store. They have denser arrays of combustible storage and in a number of cases, these facilities can now have more than 1000 staff.