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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Underground mining is an exceptionally hazardous environment, as persons who work underground have limited means to escape in the event of any fire. In certain situations, there is only one escape path, which can be many kilometres long. Therefore fire-detection systems are critical for both the protection of life and property
Turnkey fire-safety solutions provider ASP Fire can assist with shopping-centre design to ensure it complies with minimum or best-practice fire-safety standards.
The installation of proper fire detection and suppression systems is critical in hi-tech areas such as server rooms, in order to protect both costly equipment and valuable data in the event of any fire.
There is a general complacency among South Africans when it comes to safety in general, and fire safety in particular. Most people do not believe they will become a victim of a car accident, a workplace incident, or a fire either at home or at their place of work.
A huge fire in Durban at the end of March, believed to be one of the largest factory fires ever in the Southern Hemisphere, has raised concerns about fire prevention and risk management at large industrial estates.