NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Materials Storage Use’

Definition : Indicates whether On-Site Materials are being stored, processed or manufactured, sold, or repaired or serviced on the property. This information is required whenever an On-Site Material or Product entry is made.
On-Site Material Identifies any significant amounts of commercial, industrial, energy, or agricultural products or materials on the property, whether or not they became involved in the fire.
Purpose : This element permits analysis of the fire problem by the materials and products present on the property involved in the fire.
Entry : For each material or product entered, check or mark the box to the right that best describes its use

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Expected Length 1
Multiple Choice 0 – 3
Element Type Coded Field – The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.


Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Materials Storage Use’ element

Materials Storage Use  Code 
Bulk Storage or Warehousing 1
Processing or Manufacturing 2
Packaged Goods For Sale 3
Repair or Service 4
None N
Undetermined U

Relational Edit Rules for ‘Materials Storage Use’

NFIRS defines relational edit rules to ensure data consistency and accuracy in its database. These are the rules for ‘Materials Storage Use’.

Rule Group  Overview
Relational Edit Rule 46 Content Each Material requires Storage.

Transactions containing ‘Materials Storage Use’

The value of this element is captured by the following transaction :

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Last Updated on May 3, 2023