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10 best practices for fire and gas safety in hazardous locations: White paper

16 March 2020

Hazardous industrial processes call for a fire and gas safety system that detects the presence of smoke, flames and combustible and toxic gases, and then takes executive actions regarding notification and fire suppression. Understanding best practices for F&G safety systems can help facility managers protect workers and continued operations.

Fire is one of the most dangerous hazards in industrial facilities and processes that involve volatile and potentially flammable materials which present particular challenges for fire protection. Procedures and equipment for detecting combustible gas, smoke and flames are essential in settings from offshore platforms and petrochemical processing plants to power generation, energy storage and HVDC stations.

To protect workers, industrial facility operators should understand and follow best practices for life safety fire systems. Best practices are defined as professional procedures shown by research and experience to produce optimal results. While a number of directives stipulate specific procedures related to fire and gas detection in their standards, such as EN60079 and the ATEX directive, some best practices can be developed through years of practical experience. This paper documents ten practices for developing and maintaining effective fire and gas detection in hazardous locations.

Det-Tronics is a global leader in fire and gas safety systems, providing premium flame and gas-detection and hazard mitigation systems for high-risk processes and industrial operations. The company designs, builds, tests and commissions SIL 2 Capable flame and gas safety products ranging from conventional panels to fault-tolerant, addressable systems that are globally certified. Det-Tronics is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

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