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How to protect liquors in glass bottles with the last NFPA standards ?

Question asked by gilles.couty on Mar 23, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 29, 2016 by gilles.couty

Before the 2016 edition of NFPA 13, the commodity classification of liquors and spirits up to 100 proof (50% alcohol content) in glass bottles (up to 3.8 litres) in cartons such as cognacs, whiskeys, rums, vodkas, etc. were considered as:

  • Class III if stored in racks (note b of Table A. page 13-274)
  • Class IV if stored palletized


BUT in the NFPA 13 - 2016 edition, alcoholic beverages are classified up to 20 % alcohol: Class I or II depending on the packaging combustibility.

Beverages with % alcohol > 20% and <50% do not appear any more.


So then in NFPA 30 edition 2015, flowchart Figure 16.4.1(c), you find:

  • Other than rack storage (PAL or PIL): Class IV
  • Rack storage -> Table Scheme A container up to 16 oz (0.5 litre), cartoned or Scheme B container up to 1 gal (3.8 litre)


So if my undertanding is correct, for rack storage of liquors in 1 litre glass bottles in carton, we had a class III 1 year ago and we have to protect it now with a NFPA30 Scheme B design, i.e. horizontal barriers and IRAS underneath in each tier. And this is a huge difference !


Could you please tell me if my understanding is correct ? do you have another solution ? How to protect a warehouse storing these liquors ?


Thank you in advance for your contribution to the discussion.