A fire can happen anytime; As you know, one tiny spark can catapult into a catastrophic fire tragedy in split seconds. The recent massive fire at Serum Institute of India has drawn people and corporations’ attention to the importance of installing appropriate fire safety equipment to protect their crucial personal and commercial assets.

The fire at the world’s largest manufacturer of Vaccines on Jan 22 resulted in over Rs. 1,000 crores in collateral damage and the loss of five lives. The reason being the fire, which was started by an electrical spark in an under-construction building, became rampant and required numerous fire tenders, water tankers, firefighters, and other fire fighting equipment to put out the flames for several hours. Thanks to their effective fire safety plan and fire accident preparedness, the company was able to keep the fire from spreading to other nearby buildings. However, the installation of fire safety equipment in their other buildings would have prevented any further mishaps as such events cannot be predicted or prepared for in advance, fire safety equipment must be installed to protect one’s assets.

One must not view Fire incidents solely as a financial loss; they tarnish the company’s reputation in the industry, erode customers’ faith in the organization, and harm employee morale. This kind of suspicion leads to a reduction in sales. Accidents involving fires disrupt business operations and put employees at risk. As a result, to establish comfort with and reliability in clients, a company’s reputation should be synonymous with safety.

What is a Fire Safety Equipment?

Fire Safety Equipments are devices or systems that are duly designed to manage and control fires. Every business must have adequate, fully functional fire safety equipment as a legal and moral obligation. Above all, to ensure the safety of all employees and workers in a fire, the government has made this a mandatory requirement.

Is Fire Safety Equipment necessary?

In some circumstances, early fire control and isolation can save the workforce and resources in hazardous situations. The installation of fire safety equipment is critical for reducing these dangers.

Because of the nature of the work environment or the manufacturing processes used, particular industries are more prone to fires. Human casualties are much higher when fires occur in hospitals, hotels, cinema halls, museums, and other places where people are unfamiliar with the premises. Even with practical fire escape routes, this poses a risk to evacuation and rescue operations. A fundamental aspect of building a workable fire safety plan is to introduce measures informing the location where the fire started and address the installed active fire control systems.

Leading Causes for Fire Hazards in the Industry

Any spontaneous fire in industry causes a net income depreciation. Similarly, repairs and replenishment costs required for the destroyed property negatively impact the company’s net profit.

  • Electrical fire hazards like overloaded outlets, damaged or overhanging power lines and exposed wiring.
  • Flammable liquids like solvents, paint thinners, gasoline etc.
  • Compressed Gases.
  • Hot work like Welding, soldering etc.
  • Overheating of equipment and machinery.
  • Flammable raw ingredients and combustible dust.

Types of Fire Protection Systems

In India, there are several different types of fire safety systems. For different kinds of fires and environments, we have different types of fire safety systems available in the market today. The choice of appropriate equipment for your home or business can be overwhelming. The following can help you select the equipment that best suits your needs if you have the same dilemma.

1. FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM:

While the aforementioned types of equipment are adequate for protecting your home, the traditional fire safety methods have proven inadequate for residential complexes (particularly high-rise apartments) and large-scale industries. Traditional fire safety solutions have the disadvantage of requiring a trained professional to use the equipment in the event of a fire. As a result of this, the following issues arise:

  • A skilled professional may not always be available. At times of crisis, businesses & industries may have to remain closed for a longer period.
  • To douse a fire, one must approach the source of the fire, which can be dangerous at times because fires are notoriously unpredictable.

Due to shortcomings in traditional fire safety equipment, more sophisticated solutions have emerged that provide better, more comprehensive protection.

2. FIRE EXTINGUISHERS:

They are used for small fires, usually in an emergency, as a last resort to put out a fire before it spreads. A standard fire extinguisher is a cylindrical pressure container with a principle agent and a hose with a discharge pin that allows the operator to precisely aim at the location of the fire and discharge the equipment. There are several types of fire extinguishers available for different types of fire.

3. FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS:

Majority of the buildings & offices use this type of active fire protection system nowadays. The primary role of any fire sprinkler system is the ability to detect the ignition of flames, after which it works on dowsing it.

The strategically placed sprinkler heads have supply to water through the pipeline setup in the fire sprinkler system. Most importantly, the sprinkler heads contain glycerin-filled bulbs, which expand as the temperature in the room rises. In the event of a fire, the liquid expands, shattering the bulb and triggering the system.

4. FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS:

They devices detect smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, other flammable invisible gases and sound an alarm to warn people that they need to evacuate. However, the fire alarm systems are ineffective when it comes to putting off fires.

5. FIRE BLANKETS:

Unlike fire extinguishers, a fire blanket works on the principle of cutting off the contact of oxygen from the object on fire. A fire blanket is a sheet of highly inflammable material packed compactly with a quick-release mechanism that’s easy to operate in an emergency. Fire blankets are used to wrap around a person whose clothes have caught fire. It acts by preventing oxygen from coming into touch with the burning object. That is to say, they are utilized to put out Class-F fires.

Industries cannot afford to take these risks. As a result, businesses often seek fire safety solutions that are fully automated, low-maintenance, long shelf life, and are capable of controlling all fires[Class A, B, C Types]  at the source.

Advanced Fire Protection Solutions Available in the Market

Stat-X Fire Suppression system
Stat-X Fire suppression system

With the advancement of technology, it is necessary to revolutionize the sector by introducing fire safety equipment that is simple to maintain, long-lasting, and automated. Stat-X Aerosol Technology is a revolutionary technology developed by Fireaway Inc. after extensive research for early detection and suppression of fire accidents, as a result saving both personnel and company assets.

VNT has partnered with Fireaway Inc. as a technical and business partner, making VNT an exclusive master distributor for Stat-X Condensed Aerosol Fire Suppression System for the Indian market.

Current Situation of Fire Safety Practices in India:

Various businesses have begun to recognize the dangers of failing to implement an effective fire safety plan. According to the ADSI-2019 report, , the number of fire accidents reported decreased by 16 per cent. The data from 2015 to 2019 shows a gradual decrease in the number of fire accidents reported each year.

Pie chart of Fire accidents in India
Pie chart of Fire accidents in India (2015-2019)

Therefore, to reduce this statistic even further, every organization must have a fire safety plan in place. For enterprises and businesses, incorporating innovative fire safety solutions based on cutting-edge technology has a long-term benefit.

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