22 Nov 2018

How best to ensure regulatory compliance for fire risk in warehouses

Fire protection in a warehouse environment not only has to comply with the National Building Regulations Act, but also with various SANS codes, according to ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.

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31 Oct 2018

Fire-detection, suppression for macadamia-nut processing factory

To reduce the fire risk, and comply with regional regulations, a leading Mpumalanga macadamia-nut processing company called on risk consulting specialist ASP Fire during the planning of its processing plant to implement a turnkey solution.

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07 Sep 2018

Spate of high-profile building fires highlights role of rational design

A recent spate of high-profile fires has highlighted the need for rational design of performance-based fire-safety systems, according to ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.

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04 Sep 2018

Fire-suppression for sunflower and soya-seed processing facilities

Leading fire detection and suppression solutions provider ASP Fire has completed rational designs for two solvent extraction plant clients operating sunflower and soya-seed processing facilities in the North West Province and Mpumalanga respectively, as well as meeting the challenge of installation in existing and functioning structures.

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04 Jul 2018

Load shedding poses a significant fire-safety risk, warns fire expert

The public needs to be aware of the potential fire risks posed by electricity utility Eskom’s decision to implement scheduled load shedding across South Africa, ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk warns. He urges all homeowners to put basic fire-risk mitigation measures in place as a result in order to protect both their families and properties.

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18 May 2018

Building design must incorporate effective disaster management

All building designs must incorporate effective disaster-management systems to allow for safe escape and the control of fire and smoke. A minor design flaw could potentially place people, equipment, and property at risk of death and destruction, ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk warns.

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10 Apr 2018

Shopping centres need to buy into compliant fire-prevention strategies

Imagine a fire breaking out in a densely-packed shopping centre. Are you sure you know where the nearest emergency exit is, or even if that particular shopping centre has the necessary equipment and evacuation planning in place? ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk argues that many shopping centres are not compliant in this regard at all

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07 Mar 2018

The benefits of fire compartmentalisation in warehouses and factories

It is important that architects understand the benefits of, and need for, fire compartmentalisation in industrial design, such as for warehouses and factories, according to ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.

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24 Jan 2018

Fire risk increases as Cape Town brings forward Day Zero

Day Zero, when the City of Cape Town is expected to officially run out of water, has been brought forward by more than a week from 21 to 12 April. In addition to the dire water shortage, the hot, dry, and windy period up to the winter rainy season, poses a major fire risk for homeowners. Here ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk offers advice for residents on how to fire-proof their homes against potential disaster.

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02 Oct 2017

Fire-protection requirements for thatch-roofed structures

Thatch roofing is a readily-available construction material providing excellent natural insulation from extreme temperature fluctuations, and is commonly used for lapas and hunting lodges.

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