Water mist – the firefighting system and the organisation behind it

Ragnar Wighus, IWMA past president and chief scientist at SP Fire Research Norway, says: ‘Water-mist firefighting systems are well established and have been in use for well over 20 years in their present stage of technology.’ Funnily enough, there are…

Flame detector selection – which one?

So, where do we start? All flame detectors have strengths and limitations, we therefore need to understand these in order to select the most appropriate technology for a given fire risk. In broad terms; the technologies can be categorised as…

Meeting NFPA standards for flame, smoke and gas detection

Fire is one of the most critical hazards in any built environment, and industrial processes and facilities that involve volatile and potentially flammable materials present special challenges for fire protection. Hazardous conditions can occur in a range of settings across…

Ensuring fire system effectiveness in historic sites

The threat and consequences of fire in any building are serious, but historic structures pose a particularly complex challenge for the people and systems charged with protecting them. Not only do these buildings tend to be complex and varied in…

Fast heat detection for fires on transformers

Electrical transmission and distribution systems are the heart of every economy. Demand for electricity rapidly increases as a country becomes more developed and industrialised. Transformers are an essential part of the power grid that supplies electricity to homes, offices and…

Restaurant fire suppression: Achieving complete reliability

Commercial kitchens are highly susceptible fire risk areas, and incidents in such environments can incur serious consequences. The concentration of grease-laden, vapour-producing appliances – such as fryers, griddles, ranges and char-broilers – in a compact area, together with extract ventilation…

Fire detection: Codes and standards

The last years all manufacturers of Fire Safety and Security Systems follow strict regulations in the development of fire detection products in order to fulfill all the requirements and have precise responses in case of fire. There are two regulations…

When the stakes are high… fire protection for mission critical industries

Power utilities, data centres, critical control rooms, manufacturing plants, oil and gas rigs… in our complex, fuel hungry, data driven society we are reliant on many mission critical industries which require power on a 24-7 basis. Time is money and…

Is there a fire epidemic facing the waste and recycling industry?

With the risks of inherent fire only increasing, we need to develop and install solutions that can mitigate the fires as early in the process as possible. Especially when the materials we are processing in the waste and recycling industry…

The crucial role of fire systems in Gulf region data centres

With Middle Eastern governments planning to spend US$11.6 billion on digital and IT infrastructure in 2017, over and above any private sector investment, data is big business in the Gulf region. This means that new data centres will be required…

Extinguishing the myths about IT fire protection

Fire prevention is one of the most neglected areas of data centre planning, but attitudes may be changing as more IT professionals become aware of the enormous risks posed to a business by fire. According to the latest report on…

Mass notification systems: the basics

Mass notification systems (MNS) have gained popularity among businesses and institutions of all sizes, largely due to the breadth of safety and cost benefits, as well as flexibility and scalability, that they provide. These integrated “mass communications” solutions bring together…

Specifying a fire alarm system for a construction site

As a responsible organisation, you need to be certain that the products you use to protect your workforce and assets from fire are effective, reliable and compliant with the appropriate legislation. So, how can you make sure you’re delivering high…

Boundary protection

With a new Fire Code due for imminent release in the UAE and high rise building owners expecting increased regulation on external curtain walling and cladding for new buildings, Coopers Fire explains how fire curtain barrier systems may be used…

Effective fire detection solutions for hazardous environments

By their very nature, hazardous environments require a highly considered approach to fire detection. Apollo Fire Detector’s Senior Product Support Engineer, Warren Moyle, discusses meeting the challenges of protecting such environments. A risky environment There are a variety of different…

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