SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
Shipping containers are no longer just used for storing and transporting cargo. Today, shipping container architecture or 'cargotecture' has become mainstream, with people converting these structures into temporary houses, offices, libraries, art galleries, and more.
Of course, shipping container conversions continue to diversify, it only makes sense that people want to know that these structures are safe and secure. People want to know: are shipping containers fireproof?
That means anything inside your container will remain secure from the fire, but not necessarily the heat generated by that blaze. It also means that if an internal fire occurs, it won’t spread to the surrounding area. Keep reading to learn more.
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A shipping container exterior is made of Corten steel or marine-grade steel. This kind of galvanized steel is flame-resistant. Should a fire break out, it will not significantly alter the container's structural integrity.
In the event of a fire breaking out inside the container, the flames will persist only as long as oxygen is available. In other words, a shipping container can contain the blaze within, preventing it from spreading. Once the flame has burned through the oxygen, the flames will be extinguished.
The perks don't end there, either. In addition to being fire-resistant, shipping containers are also waterproof.
In addition to storage and transport boxes, people are increasingly looking to containers as temporary houses and offices. This option makes it incredibly easy to save on construction costs.
Some folks also rely on these structures for portable buildings, temporary hospital units, plant rooms, and storage houses for liquid energy or lithium batteries.
Potential homeowners are currently seeking alternative building options for conventional single-family homes with multiple bedrooms. Fire-resistant containers have largely helped fulfill this demand. These structures are much faster and more cost-effective than traditional building materials.
A container home is cost-effective, customizable, and durable and offers several advantages when converted to a house. Additional benefits of investing in a fire resistant building include:
A shipping container has a few disadvantages as well. They include:
In November 2018, the Woolsey Fire incident in Southern California inspired architect Doug Burdge and builder Nate Garnero to repurpose shipping containers into temporary fire-resistant housing.
The designers covered the repurposed container with fire-resistant metal. They also made it possible to raise the panels of the exterior walls to shade the outdoor deck, making the tiny home feel more comfortable.
While shipping containers serve a wide variety of applications, how do they perform in case of a fire? Let’s find out.
While renting a container, you must check if the bunker system has the required state certifications. A failure to do so can be dangerous, and even deadly. There was a reported instance of a couple who suffocated after likely using a shipping container as a fire bunker. Their death wasn’t linked to the fire itself, but due to heat and smoke inhalation.
Some countries use modified containers to train firefighters. They stack multiple containers to create an effective and extensive practice area to train firefighters in dark and low visibility scenarios.
The 2011 line-of-duty death of a fire captain in Enderby, British Columbia, created the need to recognize and mitigate container-related fire hazards. A fire at a warehouse that stored fuel and highly flammable liquids led to an explosion of a container. The blast blew the container unit door open, striking Captain Botkin, who later died from his injuries.
Authorities have taken the following steps to improve safety and boost fire protection ratings among shipping containers:
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Shipping containers are fire-resistant. But they do demand precautionary measures for additional safety.
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Containers are almost indestructible as they are made of robust and heavy-duty metal and steel. They have corrugated walls on both the top and bottom, welded to the rails and end frames.
Cargo containers are intended to last 25 years. They are also designed to endure long journeys by sea.
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