Unbarricaded storage sites are usually built in A-frame fashion with a fireproof and waterproof
tarpaulin pulled tightly over the top and sides. The tarpaulin should be supported in a manner to permit
free circulation of air under them. Check the tarpaulins to ensure that they are not in need of repair or
replacement. This includes any frayed or broken ropes attached to the tarpaulin.
Ammunition must be stored on no less than three inches of dunnage and stored so that at least 18
inches of airspace is between the top stack and the cover. See Figure 13.
Figure 13. Tarpaulin-Covered A-Frame Shelter with some Specifications.
INSPECTING ROADS, FENCES, AND GATES
Check roads and open areas around the ammunition storage area for trash, dropped or discarded
boxes, pallets or other type containers, and especially live ammunition. If the ammunition storage area
you are inspecting is inside a fenced area, the fencing around the storage area should be kept in a
good state of repair. There must be no holes or gaps in it, and the top wires should not be broken or
missing. Check the fence line for soil erosion and vegetation control. Gates must not have holes or
gaps in them, and the top wires of a gate should not be broken or missing. If the storage area contains
explosives, the proper fire symbol will be posted on the entrance gate.
COMPLETING THE INSPECTION
Make sure you have written down all deficiencies noted during your inspection and have your
personnel correct them. On-the-spot corrective action will be taken on those deficiencies involving
personnel safety. You may be required to send your findings and recommendations for corrective
action to the unit commander.