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International Fire Code 2012 (IFC 2012)

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The equipment, processes and operations involving combustible fibers shall comply with this chapter.
Storage of combustible fibers in any quantity shall comply with this section.

5201.3 Permits

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Ashes, waste, rubbish or sweepings shall not be placed in wood or other combustible receptacles and shall be removed daily from the structure.
Grass or weeds shall not be allowed to accumulate at any point on the premises.
A minimum clearance of 3 feet (914 mm) shall be maintained between automatic sprinklers and the top of piles.

5203.4 Agricultural Products

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5203.4 Agricultural Products and Combustible Fibers

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Combustible fibers, hay, straw, or similar agricultural products shall not be stored adjacent to structures or combustible materials unless a clear horizontal distance equal to the height of a pile is maintained between such storage and structures or combustible materials. Storage shall be limited to stacks of one hundred (100) tons (ninety-one (91) metric tons) each. Stacks shall be separated by a minimum of twenty (20) feet (six thousand ninety-six (6,096) mm) of clear space. Exterior storage of agricultural products and combustible fibers shall be surrounded with an approved fence. Fences shall be a minimum of six (6) feet (one thousand eight hundred twenty-nine (1,829) mm) in height. Quantities of hay, straw, and other agricultural products shall not be limited or fencing required when stored in or near farm structures located outside closely built areas. A permit shall not be required for agricultural storage.
Where located within a building, equipment or machinery which generates or emits combustible fibers shall be provided with an approved dust-collecting and exhaust system. Such systems shall comply with Chapter 22 of this code and Section 511 of the International Mechanical Code.
Portable fire extinguishers shall be provided in accordance with Section 906 as required for extra-hazard occupancy protection as indicated in Table 906.3(1).
Loose combustible fibers, not in suitable bales or packages and whether housed or in the open, shall not be stored within 100 feet (30 480 mm) of any structure, except as indicated in this chapter.
Loose combustible fibers in quantities of not more than 100 cubic feet (3 m3) located in a structure shall be stored in a metal or metal-lined bin equipped with a self-closing cover.

5204.3 Storage of More Than 100 Cubic Feet to 500 Cubic Feet

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Loose combustible fibers in quantities exceeding 100 cubic feet (3 m3) but not exceeding 500 cubic feet (14 m3) shall be stored in rooms enclosed with 1-hour fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 of the International Building Code or horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 711 of the International Building Code, or both, with openings protected by an listed opening protective assembly having a fire protection rating of 3/4 hour in accordance with the International Building Code.

5204.4 Storage of More Than 500 Cubic Feet to 1,000 Cubic Feet

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Loose combustible fibers in quantities exceeding 500 cubic feet (14 m3) but not exceeding 1,000 cubic feet (28 m3) shall be stored in rooms enclosed with 2-hour fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 of the International Building Code or horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 711 of the International Building Code, or both, with openings protected by an listed opening protective assembly having a fire protection rating of 11/2 hours in accordance with the International Building Code.
Loose combustible fibers in quantities exceeding 1,000 cubic feet (28 m3) shall be stored in rooms enclosed with 2-hour fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 of the International Building Code or horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 711 of the International Building Code, or both, with openings protected by an approved opening protective assembly having a fire protection rating of 11/2 hours in accordance with the International Building Code. The storage room shall be protected by an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1.
A maximum of 2,500 cubic feet (70 m3) of loose combustible fibers shall be stored in a detached structure suitably located, with openings protected against entrance of sparks. The structure shall not be occupied for any other purpose.

5205.1 Bale Size and Separation

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Baled combustible fibers shall be limited to single blocks or piles not more than 25,000 cubic feet (700 m3) in volume, not including aisles or clearances. Automatic sprinkler protection shall be provided for interior storage of quantities exceeding one thousand (1,000) cubic feet. Blocks or piles of baled fiber shall be separated from adjacent storage by aisles not less than 5 feet (1524 mm) wide, or by flash-fire barriers constructed of continuous sheets of noncombustible material extending from the floor to a minimum height of 1 foot (305 mm) above the highest point of the piles and projecting not less than 1 foot (305 mm) beyond the sides of the piles.
Sisal and other fibers in bales bound with combustible tie ropes, jute and other fibers that swell when wet, shall be stored to allow for expansion in any direction without affecting building walls, ceilings or columns. A minimum clearance of 3 feet (914 mm) shall be required between walls and sides of piles, except that where the storage compartment is not more than 30 feet (9144 mm) wide, the minimum clearance at side walls shall be 1 foot (305 mm), provided that a center aisle not less than 5 feet (1524 mm) wide is maintained.
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