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08/02/2016 / Graham Lowe

A LINEAR APPROACH TO FIRE SAFETY IN LARGE SPACES

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Regardless of the nature of your building, or what it is used for, having the right fire safety and emergency lighting equipment in place is imperative to make sure the people using the property are safe.

However, when your facility covers a vast, enclosed area, – like a tunnel, multi-storey car park, or even a large factory – ensuring optimum life safety throughout the property becomes a challenge using traditional equipment.

Every section of such a large space needs to be monitored to maximise the chances of identifying a fire, and allow the people responsible for life safety to act to minimise damage to the building and the threat to occupants’ well-being. A large number of conventional smoke and heat detection products would be needed to achieve the right level of coverage which, for the largest open areas, could be prohibitively expensive.

It can also be difficult to monitor environments like food processing lines or recycling plants effectively with standard systems. Large amounts of dust or vapour in the air, for example, can cause issues for conventional smoke or heat beam detectors, leading to false alarms or masking safety issues. Debris can also build up between components in conveyors and other mechanical equipment on a production line, causing excess heat and friction that can trigger a fire. This can happen anywhere along the line, making it vital that the best possible monitoring is in place.

In large office buildings, meanwhile, the long trays of cabling hidden away inside walls and cupboards can also be tricky to keep an eye on. Any damage to a section of cabling could lead to a fire that could easily spread through service ducts, unless building managers are alerted to the incident in time.

So what can the managers of these structures do to ensure their facility has the best possible fire safety monitoring in place?

Well, this is where Linear Heat Detection solutions can help. Consisting of a length of heat-sensing cable installed throughout the space in question, Linear Heat Detection systems can provide early indication of a fire or overheating anywhere along the cable. Not only are they able to trigger alarms for hot spots occurring on small sections of the cable, the products are able to identify the location of a fire to within a one metre section.

There are many Linear Heat Detection systems available to building managers, including a newly-launched range from Hochiki Europe. There are conventional systems, for example, that are designed to trigger an alarm once a hot spot reaches a set temperature, making them ideal for use in sensitive environments where excess heat could trigger a serious fire.

Analogue addressable equipment, on the other hand, features an electrical controller that monitors fluctuations in heat along the cable, sounding an alert when temperatures on a particular section indicate a fire.

Every building and structure is different, so it’s important that building managers ensure they have installed the best possible equipment for their facility’s requirements. A Linear Heat Detection system is a highly reliable and cost-effective solution for a host of infra-structure types, from long enclosed spaces, challenging, dusty environments and conveyor systems.

Talking with life safety experts can help managers identify the most appropriate technology for their needs. If you need more information on choosing the right Linear Heat Detection equipment, you can contact Hochiki Europe on 0044 (0)1634 266 566, or email e-marketing@hochikieurope.com.

Alternatively, you can find out more about our Linear Heat Detection systems here.

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