A manufacturing plant, or factory, is an industrial building which usually contains large amounts of machinery and constructive equipment. Manufacturing plants typically produce goods or use machinery to transform one product into another.
Wolverhampton Factory Fire
On the 25th January 2017 a fire broke out in a paper factory located in Wolverhampton at 11:38pm. Around 100 firefighters and over 20 appliances throughout the West Midlands were called to tackle the blaze. Fortunately, the factory had not been in operation for some time and no injuries occurred, however, local residents were told to close their windows and doors to ensure they did not inhale any of the black, toxic smoke released from the fire.
The Wolverhampton factory fire settled after 24 hours, after igniting for a second time, meaning firefighters were unable to leave the premises until they were sure it would not ignite again. The cause of the fire is still unknown and it is believed there was no trace of an efficient fire alarm system.
What are the Risks Associated with Manufacturing Plants?
There are many risks associated with manufacturing plants such as:
- Faulty Machinery
If machinery is not properly maintained, has undergone any unauthorised repairs or is placed close to flammable substances, accidental fires can occur.
- Flammable Substances
Flammable substances heighten the risk of fire, especially if large amounts are stored in a confined space with limited supervision.
- Electrical Apparatus
Electrical apparatus can cause a fire if it experiences an electrical fault or is subjected to misuse and is not regularly serviced.
- Appliances that Generate Heat
Machinery and electrical equipment can often warm up when in use and can, therefore, strengthen the risk of fire, especially if combustible materials are located nearby.
Manufacturing facilities are often located in isolated areas that are left unattended out of business hours and are therefore an easy target for attacks of arsen.
The Importance of a Reliable Fire Alarm System in Manufacturing Plants
As manufacturing plants contain large amounts of machinery, ranging in size and power, with many workers accessing the building each day, it is essential that a reliable and effective fire alarm system is in place.
Cost Effective Solution
Eurofyre are proud, British manufactures of specialist fire detection systems, they offer a cost effective solution to keep buildings safe from fire.
Eurofyre’s ProFyre range of fire detection equipment provides customers with an ‘open protocol’ solution to ensure they have complete control over how their system is managed and maintained, whilst receiving the highest level of support.
What are the Most Common Systems Used in Manufacturing Plants?
Eurofyre’s ProFyre range of analogue addressable fire detection equipment has been designed to comply with the latest international standards – offering full, high quality fire detection.
The ProFyre A4 panel is ideal for large size properties due to its modular nature. The ProFyre A4 panel has the ability to hold a maximum of 8 loops, with 250 addresses per loop. The panel can be installed as part of a standalone system or with the option to listen to other nodes on a peer to peer network facility.
Eurofyre’s range of Conventional fire detection includes the Profyre C24 – a stylish and cost-effective fire alarm panel that is ideal for systems requiring ease-of-use and clear alarm management.
The ProFyre C24 is perfect for medium size properties as it is a fully featured expandable panel available in 8, 16 and 24 zone versions. The C24 is easy to commission, install, maintain and operate.
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