A transport terminal is a central location where passengers or freight start or end their journey. Transport terminals can also be located within certain journeys if passengers need to change direction or the route contains more than one central stop.
There are many different types of transport terminals such as:
- Train stations
- Ferry ports/terminals
- Bus/coach stations
What are the Fire Risks Associated with Transport Terminals?
There are many fire risks associated with transport terminals, including:
Most vehicles in transport terminals also travel at high speeds and use a variation of complex technologies, trains for instance, place power cables, control equipment and air conditioning units in their carriage roofs and are, therefore, more likely to overheat and cause a fire.
- Plug Sockets
As plug sockets are often found within transport terminals, they can become overused and faulty if treated incorrectly, resulting in sparks which can easily set fire to nearby flammable materials, such as fabric on chairs.
- Mechanical Friction and Faulty Heaters
Vehicle breaks, baggage conveyors, heaters and grinding equipment increase the risk of fire if they are to overheat and come into contact with combustible materials.
- Human Actions
The likeliness of arson attacks and vandalism is heightened as a result of many members of the public accessing public transport each day.
What are the Challenges?
There are many challenges to overcome when implementing reliable fire detection equipment in transport terminals. For example, vehicles in enclosed areas can cause fluctuation in ambient temperatures and high amounts of atmospheric gases which can cause issues for conventional fire detection.
As well as this, all transport terminals vary in shape and size and hold different equipment such as lifts, escalators, jetways and cables, making it difficult to determine which is the most suitable and reliable fire detection system to install on each platform.
What is the Solution?
FyreLine linear heat detection offers the perfect solution for protecting transport terminals as it can provide fast and reliable detection, even in the most difficult environments.FyreLine linear heat detection systems are easy to maintain and can easily be repositioned, removed or replaced when necessary.
FyreLine linear heat detection can be placed in a range of areas such as moving walkways, platform edges, public car parks and escalators.
FyreLine linear heat detection is available in two types, analogue and digital:
FyreLine Analogue heat sensing cable is capable of detecting heat anywhere along its length and has been designed for use in a wide range of environments and applications. FyreLine analogue linear heat detection automatically compensates for changes in ambient temperature and only triggers its alarm once it reaches the specified temperature given during the installation process.
FyreLine Digital provides fixed heat detection that only activates an alarm once it reaches its rated temperature. FyreLine Digital is available with rated temperatures of 68°C, 88°C, 105°C or 185°C.
Fyreline linear heat sensing cable is available with optional protective outer coatings making it suitable for use in a range of different environments.
Nylon Coated Sensing Cable
A nylon coating is the perfect solution for transport terminals as vehicle engine bays have a variety of corrosive and damaging atmospheric gases and high ambient temperatures. The nylon protective coating is much stronger than the standard PVC and, therefore, offers increased protection for the cable, lengthening its lifespan.
FyreLine Digital and Analogue are both fully approved by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and hold the CE mark to show they comply with all the applicable directives such as Low Voltage Directive (LVD), EMC and CPR.
For more information about the FyreLine Linear Heat Detection System, or to discuss any of the other products that Eurofyre have to offer, please feel free to get in touch either by phone on +44 (0) 1329 835 024, by email to [email protected] or via the online enquiry form situated on our contact page.