How to Protect Your Grow Room Against Fire
In 2019 California’s legal cannabis sales are expected to gross $3.1 billion. This makes California the largest cannabis market in the world. In January of 2018, cannabis sales became legal in California and this has brought an influx of legal cannabis growers to the state. With so many grow rooms popping up it is important to understand the fire and life safety requirements for these newly legal facilities.
How to Prevent Fire
Grow rooms often contain hot lamps, electrical wires, and water. All three of these can lead to fire. The hot lamps are dangerous because plant canopies can be in close proximity to them. This can cause the lamps to heat up the canopy and catch fire. All of the wiring in the grow facility is also a hazard, especially when water is involved.
It is recommend that you do the following in your grow facility to help prevent fire:
- Keep grow lamps a safe distance away from plants, canopies, and other flammable materials.
- Do not overload power sources with too many cables.
- Keep your electrical components off the floor.
- Make sure that your facilities wiring is up to code.
Fire sprinkler systems can also help prevent a fire from spreading in the facility. For more information about why fire sprinklers are important, check out our blog post, Fire Sprinkler Systems in the US.
What to Do in the Event of a Fire
If a fire breaks out at your property it is important that you are prepared for how to get you and your employees out safely. Your facility should have a fire alarm system. This will allow you and the fire department to be notified quickly in the event of a fire. You should also have your property outfitted with fire extinguishers, so you are able to extinguish small fires quickly, and they do not grow into out of control fires. Having a fire door in your grow space is also helpful. This will help stop the fire from spreading quickly. This is because the fire door will help isolate the fire into the room that it started in.
It is also extremely important that you have a fire escape route planned for your facility. For more information about how to create and practice an evacuation plan, read our previous blog, Creating a Fire Evacuation Plan.
What is Required
Since the legalization of cannabis is relatively new to America, NFPA is still working on creating codes and standards that are recognized nationwide for fire and life safety in marijuana growing, processing, and/or extracting facilities. The 2018 version of NFPA 1 now has a full chapter dedicated to the topic. NFPA also has a very informative blog post explaining how these marijuana facilities are being classified. For more information check it out here.
If your legal marijuana facility needs fire sprinkler or fire alarms monitored, tested, inspected, or installed give us a call at 888-987-5322.
-The IFS Team