The goal of fire protection is to effectively protect persons and property against the dangers and effects of fire. Furthermore, it is necessary to minimise material damage that is caused by production interruptions or loss of customers.
In order to optimise profit, production facilities become more and more efficient, and production losses are inacceptable. But fire and explosions are a risk factor in many processes.
Source: NFPA - Fires in Industrieal and Manufacturing Properties (03/2018)
fires occur at industrial and manufacturing properties in the U.S. every year
More than 1 billion $'s per year
of direct property damage
is the main cause of fires and dust explosions
are often disastrous events for companies
Source: NFPA - Fires in Industrial and Manufacturing Properties (03/2018)
Structural fire protection helps to prevent fires and to isolate them. A burning fire is prevented from spreading.
Fire-proof doors – have the task to prevent the spreading of fire for a certain time period.
By technical fire protection, one understands facilities that, in case of fire, automatically contribute to avoid personal injuries or property damage.
Spark extinguishing systems – detect and eliminate ignition sources before a fire or dust explosion is caused.
Organisational fire protection includes personnel and organisational measures that contribute to prevent a fire from arising or spreading.
Training of staff – orginsational measures, such as instruction in the use of fire extinguishers or evacuation exercises, can counteract in the case of fire.
Areas of application
Damage is caused in downstream plant areas and not in the place of origin of the sparks (e.g. dryer, burner, sander etc.). Therefore a spark extinguishing system is the safest solution.