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August 16, 2022

Fire Suppression System vs Sprinkler System

Is a fire suppression system the same as a sprinkler system?

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August 11, 2022

What Happens When a Solar Farm Catches on Fire?

Though solar farm fires are rare, they are not impossible. Any high-power electrical equipment, including a solar power plant, presents a risk for fire. The good news is that solar farm fire protection has quickly evolved along with the solar industry. Firetrace is honored to be part of the mission to help protect businesses, employees, the environment, and our communities that rely on and supply solar power. Let’s talk more about what happens in the worst-case scenario when a fire does break out at a solar farm.

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August 4, 2022

The 6 Key Fire Risk Assessment Principles to Apply to Your Solar Farm

Fire breaking out at photovoltaic (PV) farms has the potential to be costly: on project finances, on the environment, and on the perception of solar technology. The cost of repairing assets ravaged by fire is one thing but dealing with the fall out of enraged local residents or the consequences of scorched environments could be even more tricky.

That is why assessing fire risk and implementing a strategy to mitigate against that risk is a critical part of responsible solar farm management.

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July 28, 2022

Is Solar Fire Risk Underestimated?

Given suspicions that solar farm fires are underreported, a new Firetrace International report highlights concerns that the solar industry may be unaware of the true extent of fire risk. Data concerning solar farm fires is in short supply. In fact, such is the lack of statistics that researchers – specifically, those at the UK’s BRE National Solar Centre – have reached the worrying conclusion that they suspect solar farm fires are being underreported.

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July 20, 2022

How Do I Know If I Need a Fire Suppression System?

If you’re a building owner, a business owner, or another key decision maker in an industry where the potential for fire is high, then it’s important to understand whether or not you need a fire suppression system. The fact is, in many settings, fire suppression systems are necessary to quickly detect fire and automatically activate—before equipment or employees are put in harm’s way.

But how do you know if you need a fire suppression system? In this article, we’re exploring what a fire suppression system is and common industries where the use of one is necessary to properly mitigate risk.

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July 13, 2022

How to Put Out an Electrical Fire

Electrical fires are one of the top causes of fires in industrial settings. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) found that fires caused by electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for 55% of direct property damage, as well as 9% of civilian injuries from 2011 to 2015. Electrical failure or malfunction caused $25 million dollars of direct property damage in the same time span.

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June 28, 2022

6 Key Fire Suppression System Components

Understanding the components that make up a fire protection system in buildings is essential for owners and safety managers to confidently decide which is the best fire suppression system for their needs. Knowing the different components supports an efficient installation, allows company stakeholders to monitor the progress of the project, and offers perspective on the final costs.

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June 13, 2022

3 Types of Fire Protection Systems for Electrical Cabinets & Panels

When it comes to electrical cabinets and panels, fires are more a question of “when” rather than “if.” These fires cost businesses tens of millions of dollars a year in damages, yet fire protection for electrical cabinets is not always required by regulations. In fact, electrical cabinet fire protection is often skimped on or skipped altogether, in part due to the cost of fire suppression systems.

However, for safety-conscious business leaders, fire protection doesn’t have to come with a big price tag. There are different levels of fire suppression systems, including affordable options, that can work to protect your equipment, and more importantly, your employees.

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April 5, 2022

Why Speed is Essential in Tackling Turbine Fires

When fires ignite in wind turbines, speed is of the essence for suppressing the flames. We’ve noted in a previous blog about how long it takes for a wind turbine fire to cause irreparable damage and concluded then that the straightforward answer is that it doesn’t take long at all. It’s a matter of minutes before a faulty electrical component or overheated gearbox ignites a fire that leads to total destruction. 

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March 28, 2022

How To Put Out an Electrical Fire Without an Extinguisher

Whether they break out in a commercial setting, electrical fires pose unique challenges when it comes to extinguishing them. A common approach would be to cut off the power supply first and then simply use an ABC fire extinguisher—the “universal” type extinguisher you may see around your workplace or your home.

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March 25, 2022

What is the Most Common Method of Fire Suppression?

The most common method of fire suppression is water. In part this is because many fire protection systems in buildings may have been installed before more advanced fire suppression systems were available. Traditional wet pipe water sprinkler systems keep a constant supply of pressurized water in the pipes, which is released by individual sprinklers as they are activated.

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March 21, 2022

Longevity of a Fire Suppression System

Fire suppression systems can be a necessary investment, both big and small. It’s natural that you want to get your money’s worth. When choosing a system or systems for your organization, it’s important to take into account the type of fire suppressant that is suitable for the application rather than choosing just based on the lifespan of the solution.

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