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Industrial Fire Protection

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2013, ASSE
Softcover, 228 pages
Editor: Joel M. Haight, Ph.D., PE, CIH, CSP
ISBN 978-1-885581-70-9

Industrial Fire Protection provides an understanding of both the practical and theoretical aspects of fire prevention and protection. It delves into the prevention of fires through design, environment, and protection options. It also examines the legal and regulatory issues, the organizations that issue those laws and regulations, and how to address laws and regulations in developing fire prevention and protection plans.

This textbook also examines how chemistry, physics, and aerodynamics play a part in fire dynamics, and using mathematical and scientific models to predict fire behaviors such as heat transfer, burn rates, spread, flashovers and backdrafts.

Other topics include:

  • Ignition and development of fires
  • Five classes of fire
  • Four stages of fire
  • Three stages of firefighting
  • Extinguishing agents and equipment
  • Types of fire extinguishers and the pros and cons of each

Occupational or life safety, as well as preservation of property, are main goals of any fire protection system. But also to be considered are the costs of fire protection options as the resources available to assist safety professionals in making risk assessment decisions. These are just several important subjects discussed in Chapter 5. In the next chapter, “Benchmarking and Performance Criteria,” different schedules for inspection, testing and maintenance of fire protection equipment are discussed, as are the requirements for plant inspectors. In “Best Practices,” the last chapter, Craig Brown, discusses facility layout and construction considerations for fire safety, including equipment spacing, fireproofing, and electrical classification; legal requirements and life safety in building design. Also included is a detailed discussion of fire-extinguishing system selection and best practices. Other best practices discussed include:  material storage, inspection and testing of buildings for fire safety, testing of fire protection equipment, and investigating and reporting on fire losses.

Based on selected chapters from The Safety Professionals Handbook and written by experts, this peer-reviewed text is invaluable to students in industrial hygiene area, as well as those who will be working in manufacturing, chemical plants, but is also useful for safety students in general, to give them the tools to deal with fire prevention, detection and suppression in any workplace.

Attention Instructors: Desk copies of this textbook are available to instructors upon request who are considering the book for course adoption. Download the Desk Copy Request form.

An Instructor's Guide containing questions and answers for each of the chapters in Industrial Fire Protection is available upon request at no cost to instructors who have adopted the handbook for a course. There is also a graphics package available for download with all of the graphics in jpeg format for use in the classroom. You must provide the title and number of the course, the semester/term offered and the expected enrollment.


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