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Most commercial property owners and managers know that fire system inspections need to be done annually. But is that all that is required?

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If you’ve determined that your dust is explosive, how do you protect your plant, people and equipment from combustible dust explosions? There are two methods of protection - Mitigation and Prevention.

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Explosions

An explosion is very different from a fire and therefore requires a different method of protection than those commonly used for fire protection, such as automatic fire sprinklers. Five conditions must exist in order for an explosion to occur, as opposed to the three that are required for a fire. 

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How is dust explosive? You may know dust is explosive, but how is that really possible?  When you try to start a camp fire, do you try to light the end of a large log? Of course not! You gather up starter materials like brush and sticks or peel off some splinters to make a kindling. The same principle applies to dust explosions. Materials that you might not think of as combustible are much...

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Don't suffer a catastrophic loss because of improperly installed or serviced fire protection equipment! In a restaurant or commercial cooking operation, fires most commonly originate at the cooking appliances. A properly designed and functioning restaurant fire suppression system will quickly suppress and contain these fires.

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The question I get asked most regarding service to fire systems is “How often do I need my system inspected?” and my answer is always “It depends.” Yep, that's right. It depends. Isn't that what we all hate to hear? In this case it couldn’t be more true. The frequency at which you inspect and test your fire system depends on many factors.

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