Lower The Risk And Increase Your Protection From Facility Explosions

24/09/2013 14:27

Explosions in facilities that are in high risk of fire cost a lot of money spent in order to prevent any kind of explosion from happening. There are actually 4 techniques that are considered as part of the structural prevention of fires by way of designing the buildings in such a way that it could prevent fire. The techniques applied are very subtle yet it limits the risk of the building from catching fire from explosions, thus saving a lot of lives in the process.


Compartmentation is one of the 4 techniques of fire prevention. The building is actually separated in smaller compartments of fire-tight cells upon which the materials are also considered as fire-resistant in order for the fire to stop spreading more rapidly.


On average, each compartment wall, door, and floor have at least 60-minute resistance to a full-on fire, but it will also depend upon the level of risk in each compartment.


Isolation, on the other hand, is the second fire prevention technique. Isolation hinders the fire from going into ducts and pipes that will then limit the risk of the fire spreading further. The pressure formed from a primary explosion will then be limited to hinder a second explosion, thus prevention the fire from issuing jets of it through the long pipes. Vessels are made in order to contain the pressure that will be produced by the first explosion, but the possibility of the vessels being strong enough to contain the pressure will also depend upon the strength of the pressure.


The third technique goes out to plant layout. If a building has a high enough risk to experience explosions and catching fire, they should follow a layout of a plant that is preventing to catch fire or perform combustiable dust explosion suppression as much as possible. Features that should be included in the building should be proper ventilation, blast walls all around the area, limited to one story only, reinforced high-risk areas at all times, and having an isolated area far from neighboring buildings as much as possible.


Explosion vent panels suppression is the last technique among four. This means having to create an explosive dust cloud without really modifying the structure of the dust.


So if building a new structure for your company is what you are planning on and you want to build it into a strong foundation of safety form explosions and fire, you have to make use of these 4 techniques as much as possible. To keep the lives of your employers safe while they work, it is only important that you make it a point to build your business on a foundation of safety.