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Fire Marshall Regulations

Fire codes can be complex, and professional advice is usually needed to make sure that a library is fully compliant.  The local fire department is often a good place to start if you have a question.

Storage is a place where a library can become non-compliant over time.  Below are a few guidelines to help keep your building safe.  Remember that if you have any specific questions, please contact the KDLA State Library Construction Consultant or your local fire department:


  • In an unsprinklered room, leave 24" clear from ceiling.
  • In a sprinklered room, leave 18" clear from bottom of sprinkler heads.
  • Shelving in the center of a room should follow the above guidelines.
  • Wall shelving in a storage room can go full height, to the ceiling.
  • Keep all combustible materials at least 36" away from furnaces, boilers, water heaters, etc.
  • Maintain a 36" wide clear path from the door to all electrical panels.
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