The most recent incident of a fire breaking out in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD) in the early hours of Saturday morning on 3 February highlights the importance of the rational design of performance-based fire-safety systems for residential buildings in particular, according to ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.
ASP Fire provides holistic, proactive, and preventative fire solutions based on integrated fire risk assessment, training, and consulting, along with the installation and maintenance of fire detection and suppression systems that meet SABS, NFPA, FPASA and SAQCC standards,â explains CEO Michael van Niekerk.
With many South Africans installing inverters as part of solar power systems to mitigate the impact of loadshedding in homes and at businesses, users need to be aware of the potential fire risk. This includes overheating or short-circuits in the battery or other electrical parts that could result in an explosion, warns ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.
The installation of proper fire detection and suppression systems is critical in hi-tech areas such as server rooms to protect both costly equipment and valuable data in the event of any fire, comments ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. âMore often than not it is the data and equipment you want to preserve.â
The fire at the Vodacom building at Century City in Cape Town on Sunday 9 July is suspected of having been caused by an issue with the rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installation. Such systems for homes and businesses are increasingly popular to mitigate the impact of ongoing loadshedding.
Interview with Michael van Niekerk, CEO of ASP fire risk chatting about how loadshedding places increased pressure on transformers at substations.
Constant loadshedding has highlighted the vulnerability of critical electrical infrastructure such as transformers at substations. This means local authorities must implement specific measures to manage the fire risk, highlights ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.
Solar power systems for homes and businesses are increasingly popular to mitigate the impact of ongoing loadshedding. However, for insurance purposes these need to be installed by an accredited installer or electrician, highlights ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. The onus is on home and business owners to ensure that the installation is correct, especially in terms of accompanying gensets.
Fire engineering specialist ASP Fire highlights its specialised expertise in the agri and food processing industries. âIn creating a bespoke system for any new or operational businesses, we look at each risk area and ask what it is we need to do to mitigate this particular risk,â explains ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.
It is critical to incorporate fire-safety planning during the inception phase of an infrastructure project so that important design aspects such as escape paths and the structural stability of any buildings can be established prior to critical design elements being locked in. Additional factors such as the intended use of the buildings and the resultant fire load and associated fire risks must be considered, highlights ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.