For many people, especially those who work in densely populated buildings, there's nothing scarier than a workplace fire. That's why having proper protection is important. While most people know basically how fire protection engineering in the workplace works, there's a lot of misinformation out there.
Here's a look at three of the most common myths about workplace fire safety:
Myth #1: An Alarm is the First Line of Defense
For some reason, people have the impression that a fire alarm is the first line of defense, and that you'll be alerted simply about the danger of a potential fire. While some detectors can detect the "smoldering" stage before the flames break out, those systems depend on the type of fuel (what's burning) and the color of the smoke. So they're not always reliable.
A fire alarm is a great tool to alert you about a fire, but by the time most of them sound, the fire is already a very real danger. More important that alerting people to the fire from the beginning is starting the process to control the fire from the beginning.
Myth #2: Sprinklers Can Do Just As Much Damage As A Fire
If there's one myth that's been popularized by television and movies, it's the image of one sprinkler in a building being set off, and the whole building following, dousing everyone and everything with water. It's a common misconception that sprinklers can do just as much damage as a fire, but, it's simply not true.
Most sprinkler systems are designed so that only the needed sprinklers turn on. 90% of fires are controlled with 10 or fewer sprinklers, and 70% with only three sprinklers. Just because your sprinkler system goes off, that does not mean there will be widespread damage. And even if there is water damage, that's a lot easier to fix than fire damage.
Myth #3: A Fire Isn't A Danger of Spreading Through A Concrete Building
Concrete walls are certainly more fire resistant than steel or wood counterparts, but they're not immune to fire. In fact, at an incredibly high temperature like what's seen in a fire (over 1400 degrees), concrete can lose its integrity more quickly than steel. A concrete structure will weaken in a fire. Even if you have concrete walls, you still need to install a fire protection system.
Protecting the people and items in your workplace from fire is one of the most important aspects of safety on the job. That's why having a fire protection engineering is so important. Having a system in place can help control the fire as soon as it starts, increasing the chances that the fire will have a minimal impact.
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