November 2012

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Keep it simple: Three key elements to fighting flammable liquid fires

Simple, hardy equipment, high-quality foam concentrate, and having a good understanding of the hazardous situation will remain the three keys to success, says the author.

LaVergne, E., Tyco Fire Protection Products

Many storage tank facilities in the US have the necessary resources to douse a large-scale flammable-liquids fire, but ultimate success centers on the strategy taken with personnel, equipment and expertise. Approaching each fire strategically requires taking into consideration three key elements for flammable-liquid fire extinguishment: High-quality foam concentrate that outperforms industry standards and surpasses baseline testing Simplistic equipment that can stand up to harsh conditions, and rigorous and extensive use Understanding and identifying the hazard, and deploying the right firefighting methods to extinguish the flame quickly, with minimal loss of resources and danger to p

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