21 May 2019

SA fire-protection regulatory framework still immature, warns ASP Fire

Buildings that accommodate large numbers of the public are often not designed with specific occupant characteristics in mind. Shoppers are often unfamiliar with the layout of the emergency escape paths and are unaware of sounding fire alarms and other emergency systems.

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04 Apr 2019

Fire safety in buildings must integrate sprinklers with smoke control

Automatic sprinklers and smoke-control ventilation systems are not incongruous. However, they must be designed explicitly with each other in mind when approaching a fire-safety system design for a building.

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14 Mar 2019

The role of architectural review in rational design

The qualitative review under rational design includes an architectural review, fire-safety objectives, fire hazards and risks, trial fire-safety designs, and worst-case fire scenarios for analysis. For example, consultants often ignore the building roof’s geometry, and the required substitute rectangular volume used in smoke-fill formulae.

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25 Feb 2019

Load shedding calls for essential genset maintenance, warns ASP Fire

Back-up power supply such as gensets becomes critical during load shedding. It is important that such important equipment is maintained properly and serviced regularly in order to be able to cope with extended electricity outages.

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22 Jan 2019

Growth in fire engineering a hot topic for ASP Fire in 2019

With insurers placing greater demands on businesses to comply with all relevant fire-safety standards and regulations, ASP Fire has employed two new fire engineers to enhance its service offering in this regard

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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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