Types of Fire Hazards
Fire hazards in industrial settings are often multi-faceted and complex. With these challenges, it is important for specialized solutions to be implemented. Understanding the key factors is essential for establishing an effective industrial fire protection system.
- Flammable Liquids: These are commonly used in processes or stored in various types of industrial facilities. Whether it’s solvents, fuels, or other chemicals, the risk of combustion is significantly high, requiring specialized suppression systems.
- Electrical Equipment: The industrial environment is filled with electrical machinery—conveyor belts, control panels, motors, and more. Such equipment can generate heat or sparks, elevating the fire risk, especially when located near combustible materials.
- Industrial Hazards: Aside from chemicals and electrical equipment, there are other operational dangers inherent in industrial environments. High-temperature processes, pressure systems, and mechanical friction can all pose unique fire risks.
- Hazardous Materials: The handling and storage of hazardous materials like gases, reactive metals, and volatile organic compounds adds another layer of complexity to fire suppression. These materials can act as accelerants or as the primary source of a fire, which makes the suppression process even harder.