Mine sites have a multitude of fire hazards – in and around process plants, mobile equipment, conveyor belts, electrical installations, fuel and explosive storage installation areas to mention a few.
Because of the considerable harm potential, fire is often classified as a ‘principal’ hazard, and fire protection is an important and necessary risk management activity on any mine site.
Fire protection equipment includes both non-gaseous (water, foam) as well as gaseous systems.
Gaseous systems use extinguishing agents – inert gases such as Nitrogen or Argon to displace oxygen, or synthetic gases to interrupt the chemical reactions in a fire event. These gases are stored in specialised, pressurised cylinders connected to a network of discharge pipe work and nozzles that deliver the extinguishing agent to the equipment to be protected. These may also include dedicated fire detection and control systems that automatically discharge should a fire start.
Last Updated: 25/05/2022 11:31:40am