Nobody expects a fire until it happens. That is why it is important to always be prepared to face it, since otherwise a fire in our company, factory or industry could be fatal.
In addition, it must be taken into account that in industrial companies the risk of fire is greater. Especially in those dedicated to certain production processes that use highly flammable materials.
In order to avoid it, what measures to prevent fires in industries should be taken?
Why do fires occur?
To be able to stop a fire, it is vital to understand what caused it. The combustion that takes place is the product of a chemical reaction involving a fuel, an oxidizer (oxygen) and the heat itself, whether of mechanical, thermal, chemical or electrical origin.
It is also important to consider possible knock-on effects after the start of the fire that could spread it and could lead to much greater damage.
Fire defects will also depend on what is burning and how the fire develops.
Obviously, fire carries a whole series of dangers for people in the form of toxic gases and hot gases that can cause internal and external burns and the heat itself that can lead to dehydration and even respiratory blockage.
Preserving the safety and integrity of people is vital.
Fire prevention in industries: a fundamental aspect
There are many possible fire prevention measures in industries. The objective is none other than to increase the margin of safety so that the possibility of their occurrence is the minimum possible and, in the event that it still happens, to minimize damage.
- One of the most basic is to keep all fuels in places outside the work areas and the use of fire retardant materials where necessary.
- Employ preventive measures such as detection and extinction systems, fires, etc.
- Carry out the precise preventive maintenance tasks on all machinery that can cause fires.
- The wiring is also important. It should be inspected periodically to detect possible failures that could compromise safety.
- Ensure adequate grounding in machines that require it.
Comply with current legislation and have a Security Plan
The basic legislation to comply with in the area of fire is the Technical Building Code (CTE), as well as the Regulation of Fire Safety in Industrial Establishments.
These regulations range from the measures to be taken into account during the construction process to the installation of fire protection systems once the building is operational.
It is very important that the satisfaction of these requirements is made considering the peculiarities of each industry, obtaining an adapted solution for this purpose. This is an aspect that we at System Protection know well. When a project is especially unique, we consult the best specialists: firefighters, so that there is no fringe on it.
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