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Industrial Fire Protection Handbook




ISBN 9781587160585
Published March 28, 2002 by CRC Press
252 Pages - 261 B/W Illustrations

 
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Fundamentally, fire prevention and control refer to systems and practices that increase a facility's ability to avoid fires, limit the development and spread of fires, and rapidly and effectively control fires. Changing safety codes and regulations along with recent technological advances have rendered the first edition of this popular handbook somewhat out of date and left fire safety professionals without a current, reliable reference devoted to their needs.

Comprehensive, uniquely focused, and completely up to date, the Industrial Fire Protection Handbook, Second Edition provides a practical guide for improving fire prevention and protection within a work environment. The author has made extensive revisions, significantly expanded his discussions in key areas, and added numerous examples and illustrations to provide a better-than-ever overview of all essential areas of fire protection, including loss control programs, fire behavior, life safety, hazard control, and emergency planning.


New in the Second Edition:

  • Discussions of new extinguishing agents, including wet chemical and clean agents designed to replace halon
  • Significantly expanded coverage of general loss control programs
  • More in-depth treatment of hazard control and life safety issues
  • Broader coverage of installed fire protection systems
  • More examples covering selection, placement, and maintenance of fire extinguishers
  • Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION
    NATURE OF THE PROBLEM
    Scope of the Fire Loss Problem
    Case Histories
    Factors Which Affect Fire Loss
    Can Loss Prevention and Control Have an Impact?
    FIRE BEHAVIOR
    The Need for Understanding
    What is Fire?
    Ignition Sources
    Measures of Flammability
    Heat Transfer
    Products of Combustion
    Extinguishing Methods
    Extinguishing Agents
    LOSS CONTROL PROGRAMS
    What is a Fire Loss Control Program?
    Why Are Loss Control Programs Needed?
    Who Needs a Loss Control Program?
    Loss Control Approaches
    Loss Control Process
    Loss Control Program Essentials
    Organizing for Loss Control
    Non-Emergency Organization
    Emergency Organization
    Implementing Loss Control
    Managing Loss Control
    LIFE SAFETY
    General Principles
    Detailed Requirements
    Human Behavior
    Exits
    Smoke and Fire Control
    Evacuation Planning
    Emergency Action Plan Exercises
    Personnel Training
    HAZARD CONTROL
    Hazard Control versus Fire Prevention
    Hazard Control Hierarchy
    Specific Hazards
    Hazard Analysis
    Fire Prevention Plans
    Hazard Control Policies and Procedures
    INSTALLED FIRE PROTECTION
    General Principles
    Passive Systems
    Active Systems
    Why Installed Fire Protection is Important
    Justifying Installed Fire Protection
    Fire Walls
    Alarm Systems
    Standpipe Systems
    Automatic Sprinkler Systems
    Water-Spray Systems
    Foam Systems
    Water Supply Systems
    Halon Systems
    Halon Substitute Systems
    Dry Chemical Systems
    Carbon Dioxide Systems
    Explosion Suppression Systems
    Installed System Impairments
    Inspection and Maintenance of Systems
    Evaluate System Needs
    PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
    Types and Performance Characteristics of Extinguishers
    Extinguisher Ratings
    Extinguisher Regulations
    Selection of Extinguishers
    Placement of Extinguishers
    Use of Extinguishers
    Personnel Training in the Use of Extinguishers
    Inspection of Extinguishers
    Maintenance of Extinguishers
    EMERGENCY PLANNING
    Why is Planning Important?
    Who Should Be Involved?
    When Do Plans Need to Be Made?
    When Do Plans Need to Be Changed?
    How to Develop Plans
    Input from Other Plans
    Systematic Emergency Planning
    Tactical Surveys
    Action Plans
    Diagrams
    Plan Manuals
    Where Plans Should Be Kept
    How to Use Plans
    Planning for Outside Agency Involvement
    EMERGENCY TEAMS & FIRE BRIGADES
    Determining Needs
    Personnel
    Organization
    Equipment
    Training
    Managing Day-to-Day Operations
    Non-emergency Functions
    Emergency Operations
    Industry/Fire Department Cooperation
    COPING WITH FIRE
    Why What You Do is Important
    Notifications
    Prioritize Salvage Efforts
    Documenting the Incident
    Dealing with the Media
    Insurance Issues
    Cause Determination
    Evaluate Business Impact
    APPENDIX A - ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
    APPENDIX B - RESOURCE LIST
    APPENDIX C - Glossary

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    Reviews

    "Workplace safety is important in all occupations; effective safety programs result in fewer lost worker days, lower and fewer claims, and better company performance; all these factors impact company bottom lines. Writing for students and practitioners, Schroll emphasizes the industrial setting, covering topics such as fire loss, fire behavior, loss control programs, life safety, hazard control, fie protection system, emergency planning, emergency teams, and coping with fires … Numerous photographs and charts supplement the clearly laid out text … a useful compendium of information for those who need a wide range of solid introductory material…"
    -CHOICE, October 2002