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Fire Protection for Commercial Facilities

1st Edition

By Mark Bromann

CRC Press

251 pages | 43 B/W Illus.

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When confronted with a fire protection problem, building management is often desperately short on information and know-how in this critical component of protection for their own facility. It is not that the material is hard to grasp, but that there is so much of it that makes the task seem so daunting. Touching on the many subfields of fire protection engineering, Fire Protection for Commercial Facilities deconstructs the issues of fire prevention and life safety into easily digested information.

Written in a conversational tone that makes the concepts easy to understand, this book presents systems and practices that can increase a facility's ability to avoid fires, limit the development and spread of fires, and effectively control fires. It provides guidance for decision making regarding what can be effectively controlled in-house, and what should be contracted out to relieve the workload burden of the in-house staff. The information offered augments a broad range of expertise common to building or plant engineers, keeping them abreast of the divergent subfields of fire prevention.

Every facility manager dreams of the day when absolutely nothing goes wrong, the week where no new unforeseen problems occur. A fire protection problem is just one of the many emergencies that might spoil this dream. Delineating current and time-tested fire protection practices, this book explores the wide array of fire protection engineering applications encountered during typical facility operations so that facilities managers can be well-versed, informed, and better able to handle fire-related incidents.

Table of Contents

Fire Prevention Basics

Factors Regarding Potential Ignition (Prevention)

Factors Regarding Potential Fire Spread (Maintenance Measures)

Factors That Exist for Fire Control and Emergency Training


Hazardous Commodities and Conditions

Fuel for the Fire: Is It “Hot” or Is It Not?

Selling the Concept

Substantiate Your Position

Actively Communicate

Focus on the Positives

Get Everyone on the Same Page

In-Place Fire Protection

The Local Municipality

False Alarms


Plan Review

Existing Construction

Pre-Fire Plans

Outside Consultants

The Role of Firefighters

Automatic Sprinkler Systems

Wet-Pipe Systems

Dry-Pipe Systems

Deluge and Preaction Systems

Water Mist Systems

Water Supplies

Water Flow Testing

Underground Piping


Gravity Tanks

Commercial Fire Inspections

Fire Alarms

Heat Detectors

Smoke Detectors

Flame Detectors

Other Detector Types

Alarm Systems

Inspections and Testing

Fire Extinguishers




Fire Pumps

The Horizontal Electric Fire Pump

Vertical-Turbine Pumps

In-Line and End-Suction Pumps

Diesel-Drive Pumps

Pump Selection

Energy for Start-Up and Operation

The Relevant Codes

Code Interpretations

Field Engineering Concerns

Size and Safety

Standpipe Systems


System Types

Design Essentials

Antifreeze Systems for Unheated Areas

The Lifespan of a Sprinkler System

The Threat of Corrosion

Piping Particulars


On-Site Quality Control

Fire Protection for Computer and Electrical Rooms

Computer Rooms

Electrical Rooms


Commercial Kitchens

Kitchen Hoods

Exhaust Systems

Food Preparation

Residential Kitchens

An Accident Waiting to Happen

Keep an Eye on the Stove

In the Event of a Fire

On the Alert

Lightning Protection

Hotels and Motels


Dormitories and Fraternity Houses

Enclosed Shopping Malls

Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Cause and Origin

The Code Compliance Debacle


Fire Suppression and Equipment

Nursing Homes

Is Your Loved One Reasonably Safe?

Storage Warehouses

Arrangement of Storage

Sprinkler System Protection Options

Hazards and Risks

Correctional Facilities

Living behind Locked Doors

Comprehensive Safeguards

Design Is the Key

Vacant Structures

Paint Spray Booths



Appendix: A Fire Protection Overview


About the Author

Mark Bromann, Rally Fire Protection Services, Illinois, USA

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety