06 Feb 2024

Spate of Joburg building fires calls for proactive fire-safety planning

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.

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07 Sep 2023

The importance of fire engineering consulting, planning, and design

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,” explains CEO Michael van Niekerk.

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16 Aug 2023

How to prevent solar inverter short-circuits and fires

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.

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27 Jul 2023

How to prevent valuable data in a server room from going up in smoke

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. “More often than not it is the data and equipment you want to preserve.”

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14 Jul 2023

Vodacom Century City fire highlights fire safety for PV systems

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.

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11 May 2023

SAFM Sunrise Interview with ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk

Interview with Michael van Niekerk, CEO of ASP fire risk chatting about how loadshedding places increased pressure on transformers at substations.

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09 May 2023

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.

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21 Feb 2023

Fire safety measures for solar power systems

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.

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07 Feb 2023

Bespoke fire-risk systems for agri and food processing

Fire engineering specialist ASP Fire highlights its specialised expertise in the agri and food processing industries. “In 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,” explains ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.

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28 Nov 2022

Stop your infrastructure project going up in flames by incorporating fire safety in the design phase

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.

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