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Industrial Fire Protection Equipment – Everything You Need To Know

Industrial Fire Protection Equipment

In the modern industrial setting, it has become vital to invest in fire protection equipment for your business.

Industrial fire protection equipment is needed to protect against high risk and hazardous industries including petrochemical, offshore oil and gas industries as well as power stations and airports. Industrial fire protection products include heavy duty nozzles and monitors, and industrial suppression systems.

Some of the most important industrial safety equipment has to be considered in regards to aspects of maintenance. This includes alarm systems and extinguishers, as well as suppression systems and fire pumps. There are also exit signs and emergency lighting systems to consider when maintaining industrial fire safety equipment. Professional installation, inspection, verification, and maintenance are all very important to keep this equipment up and running.

The industrial fire safety equipment choice is a complex one, with a wide variety of products available to meet different needs. These include:

Control panels

Fire control panels, fire alarm panels, and sprinkler system controllers are all industrial fire safety equipment that help protect people from fires in commercial buildings and homes.

Fire control panels are the most basic type of fire protection product, but they offer a unique way to monitor a building’s smoke detectors and extinguishers. These products can be used in hotels, restaurants, office buildings, schools, factories, and refineries.

Fire alarm panels work in conjunction with a fire control panel to alert people of a fire emergency. It has its own controls for turning the alarm on or off and it can also turn on emergency lights and sound an alarm. This product is good for facilities that need to evacuate their building quickly in case of a fire.

Sprinkler system controllers oversee sprinkler systems throughout buildings. They’re important because they make sure water pressure is high enough throughout the building so that water can reach fires at all levels of the building.

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Detection systems

There are three main types of fire detection systems.

Direct-read systems detect smoke or heat, which is then indicated by a visual or audible indicator.

Electrochemical systems detect the presence of flammable gasses in the air with a chemical detector.

Infrared systems detect the thermal radiation emitted by objects like fires and people.

Detectors

Fire is a serious threat in many industries. Fire detectors help keep workers safe by detecting the presence of fire before it spreads and causes injuries or deaths.There are three main types of fire detectors:

Smoke detectors use an electrical sensor to detect the presence of smoke.

Heat detectors use sensors to detect temperature changes that indicate a fire.

Carbon monoxide detectors use sensors to detect carbon monoxide, which is released from burning fuel and can be lethal if inhaled.

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Fire alarm signaling

Fire alarm signaling can be categorized into two types:

a) local and b) remote.

Local signaling is used when the fire is within a building, but not yet widespread, and evacuation is necessary. Local signaling can include:

• an automatic fire sprinkler system

• a manual pull station (during an evacuation only)

Remote signaling is used to alert firefighters outside of the building that there are flames inside. Remote signaling can include:

• a fire alarm sounding in another building nearby (e.g., apartment complex)

• a smoke detector sounding in another building nearby (e.g., apartment complex)

Local signaling is the most common type of fire alarm signaling and occurs when there is either a built-in automatic fire sprinkler system or a manual pull station that sounds when it has been pulled during an evacuation. This type of signaling lets building occupants know to evacuate as quickly as possible.

Emergency escape equipment

The three types of emergency escape equipment are fire ladders, fire escapes, and fire escape chairs.

Fire ladders: Fire ladders are usually installed on the outside of a building. They are used to help people escape from high floors of burning buildings when the only other means of escape is through windows that are too high to otherwise reach.

Fire escapes: A fire escape is a narrow staircase that is attached to a building and is accessible from a window. It allows people to safely evacuate a burning building without having to pass through smoke-filled hallways or rooms.

Fire escape chairs: Fire escape chairs are also known as “step stools.” They can be placed in windows and used to create an easy exit route for people who are unable to climb out of the window due to disability or injury.

They can also be placed in emergency exit rooms and bridge way gaps between two floors.

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Fixed foam systems

The three basic types of fixed foam systems are expansion foam, water spray foam, and AFFF (aqueous film-forming foam). All three are used to suppress fire in a contained space.

Expansion foam is stored as liquid and turned into vapor during the suppression process. This type of foam is commonly used for food processing, pharmaceuticals, and electrical equipment.

Water spray foam is the standard for the film-forming variety of fixed foam systems. It uses a high-pressure stream of water to create a chemical reaction that results in an expanding film of foam that can be applied to an object or area until it cools and solidifies. This type of system is most commonly used for railroads and other large equipment that may need to be suppressed in a contained space due to its size.

AFFF systems use chemicals stored as liquids that combine when they come into contact with the air. The foam expands rapidly and extinguishes fires by reducing oxygen levels in the air and sealing pores on surfaces due to its adhesive coating. This type of system is most typically used for industrial fire safety applications, such as oil refineries, shipyards, aircraft carriers, nuclear power plants, and metal facilities.

Passive fire protection

Passive fire protection is a type of fire protection that does not require any active effort by personnel. The actives involved in passive fire protection are, therefore, undetectable to the human senses. Passive fire protection is often confused with fire suppression, which requires the manual activation of some type of control mechanism.

Types of passive fire protection systems include, but are not limited to:

Fireproofing: Fireproofing is a process that involves placing layers upon layers of material over an object or area to provide it with a high resistance to heat and flame. Fireproofing materials can be as diverse or as simple as the objects they are used on (e.g., structural steel, concrete), including several elements that must be added during the manufacturing process to increase their thermal resistance (e.g., tar paper). Although the term “fireproof” may be used to describe both the material and the process, such use is incorrect in this context.

Fire stopping: Fire stopping: Fire stopping is a process that involves filling spaces between objects with materials that do not burn easily and/or do not transmit heat easily. These materials are typically highly dense materials such as ceramics or metals that have been designed for this purpose (e.g., non-combustible insulation).

Fire barriers: Fire barriers are a passive measure of fire protection and serve as a wall between a fire and the assets that it is meant to protect. Fire barriers can take many forms, including:

·Automatic doors

·Pressure-activated doors

·Foam walls

·Fire doors

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Testing and approvals

There are different types of testing and approvals that industrial fire protection equipment may require, depending on the specific product in question. In order to ensure their safety, companies should be aware of the regulations surrounding industrial fire safety equipment and the type of testing and approvals they can pursue.

Industrial fires are a costly risk for employers, with an estimated $1.6 billion lost in terms of productivity each year due to workplace fires. With this in mind, many companies have made significant efforts to minimize the risk of accidents.

Testing requirements differ depending on the type of product being used, as well as its intended use. While some products may only require a general acceptance test (GAT) or a Declaration of Performance (DoP), others might need to undergo a full factory test prior to being sold or deployed. While some products will not require any testing at all, it is essential that companies be aware of the process by which their particular goods will be tested before being approved for use on site.

It is also important for companies to be aware of the fact that different approvals are required for different products. For example, a company selling personal protective equipment (PPE) must maintain third-party certification in accordance with AS/NZS 1801:2007 or ISO 17020:

The disaster of a major fire can have many negative implications, not the least of which is for your business. A damaged workplace will place this type of company at a competitive disadvantage. The costs incurred due to the incident can quickly add up as well, especially if you are forced to relocate while repairs are being made, and other repairs or renovations that could be avoided by investing in top-quality fire equipment.

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please contact one of our friendly team today!

Yours In Fire Safey

Alex

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