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Fire Protection for Commercial Facilities




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ISBN 9781439827208
Published October 29, 2010 by CRC Press
251 Pages - 43 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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
Endnotes

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
Legislation
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
Tanks
Gravity Tanks

Commercial Fire Inspections

Fire Alarms
Heat Detectors
Smoke Detectors
Flame Detectors
Other Detector Types
Alarm Systems
Inspections and Testing

Fire Extinguishers
Classifications
Operation
Recharge

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
Classifications
System Types
Design Essentials

Antifreeze Systems for Unheated Areas

The Lifespan of a Sprinkler System
The Threat of Corrosion
Piping Particulars
M.I.C.
On-Site Quality Control

Fire Protection for Computer and Electrical Rooms
Computer Rooms
Electrical Rooms

Kitchens
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

Multiresidences
Dormitories and Fraternity Houses

Enclosed Shopping Malls

Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
Cause and Origin
The Code Compliance Debacle
Egress
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

Signage

FAQs

Appendix: A Fire Protection Overview
Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Mark Bromann, Rally Fire Protection Services, Illinois, USA