Did you know there were over 2,000 fires in Industrial premises in the UK in the 12 months leading to April 2019? This includes over 1,900 accidental fires. 2 fatalities and 137 nonfatal casualties.
Assured want to help, here are the top 5 causes of fire within manufacturing plants
1. Equipment and Machinery
All machinery and equipment should undergo regular maintenance, especially older equipment. The older machinery gets the more suspectable to failure it will become. Sometimes this will mean the machine breaks down but worse yet it could also ignite a fire. Oil spillages or toxic spillages can become a fire risk once they come into contact with a fire source.
2. Flammable liquids and gasses
Flammable liquids and gasses will cause a fire risk when they come into contact with a source of ignition. If a spark, cigarette or any naked flames comes into contact with the gas or liquid then it will ignite and set the building on fire or worse yet explode and potentially destroy the premises.
3. Hot work
Hot work is commonly associated with welding and torch cutting equipment. However, it can also be burning, heating and soldering appliances that pose a fire hazard. This is because of the sparks and molten material that will cause a huge issue if they come into contact with flammable material.
4. Kitchen and break rooms
This is a risk that the majority of businesses will encounter. Staff have to be responsible with appliances such as toasters, ovens, microwaves and other electrical appliances. These are a specific fire risk on their own and should never be left on while they are unattended overnight.
5. Stock and storerooms
It is important to remember excess stock can quickly escalate a fire. If your stock is flammable, then a small fire will spread to other areas of the building before the fire brigade has a chance to get to the site. Items such as clothing, cardboard box’s and paper are just a few to consider.