As a Houston area production facility manager, it’s important to be aware that a fire on your property could be devastating for productivity and business. That’s why you need to make fire protection a top priority.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that, each year from 2009 to 2013, about 37,000 fires broke out in production facilities across the US. These fires caused an estimated $1 billion in property damage, 18 civilian deaths and 279 civilian injuries. More than 70 percent of these fires were outside or unclassified.
The presence of flammable liquids or gases, dust, electrical wiring, hazardous waste, and other dangers puts your manufacturing facility at a higher risk of fire than an ordinary commercial building.
The leading causes of production facility fires are heating equipment malfunctions and shop tools or industrial equipment failure, each accounting for 14 percent of the total. Improper disposal of hot embers or ash is the leading heat source in 12 percent of outside fires around production facilities. Electrical and lighting equipment (11 percent), cooking equipment (5 percent) and arson (5 percent) round out the other causes of fire in manufacturing facilities.
Because of the hazardous and often flammable materials stored or used at your production facility, the risk of fire is quite high. While there’s no way to completely escape the risk of fire at your industrial location, you can take steps to mitigate your risk and prevent almost all workplace fires. This is good news if your top priority is to protect your building, including the employees and equipment inside.
Fire sprinklers are effective at putting out many types of fires, but only if the system is maintained properly. Kauffman Co. installs, designs, inspects, tests and repairs fire sprinklers to ensure they work when you need them most.
Designed to meet the unique needs of industrial facilities, fire suppression systems are a good alternative to sprinklers if water isn’t the right extinguishing agent for your building. Choose from a variety of suppression systems, including foam and FM-200.
Using a portable fire extinguisher within the first two minutes of a blaze breaking out is arguably the most cost-effective defense you have against fire. If you’re not sure what type of extinguishers you need or where they should be installed, we can offer code-compliant advice. We also inspect, maintain and replace fire extinguishers as needed in the years to come.
We even offer fire extinguisher training so you can help each of your employees feel comfortable using this firefighting equipment.
While they don’t actively put out a blaze, a fire alarm system has the important job of alerting building occupants that they need to evacuate. Proper installation, inspections and monitoring are vital for keeping your facility safe.
They may seem like a nuisance at times, but local fire codes are in place to make sure your building is as safe against fire as possible. To remain compliant, you may need fire walls, upgraded sprinkler systems, smoke control, fire-resistant electrical cables, and regular testing and maintenance of all fire protection equipment. We can help you become or remain compliant as requirements change in the future.
Avoid needlessly endangering your building and staff or putting yourself at risk of hefty noncompliance fines – trust Kauffman Co. to supply fire protection for your Houston production facility! Please contact us online or call 713-893-1090 to take advantage of our services, from code-compliant equipment installation and maintenance to repairs and replacements down the road.
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