Learn How Linear Heat Detection Saves Money AND Lives in Hazardous Conditions

April 13, 2017

Linear heat detection systems have saved countless lives in a number of settings, both industrial and commercial. This type of system involves the use of a thin cable to serve as the mechanism for identifying increases in heat and triggering other elements of a fire suppression network. Owing to the rapid response of the detection process, people have a greater chance of escaping the fires even as efforts to bring the blazes under control are occurring, and less equipment and product are damaged since it's easier to suppress a fire when caught early. Here are some examples of how this detection strategy saves money and lives in all sorts of settings, including hazardous ones:

Linear Heat Detection and Industrial Sites

There is no doubt that linear heat detectors should be part of any industrial fire suppression system. Heavy machinery and equipment that uses electricity has the tendency to spark and overheat, which can easily start fires, especially in heavily used areas like manufacturing lines. If a fire breaks out in an industrial setting, the combination of smoke and rising temperatures could ruin not only the equipment and product, but also risk lives.

Quick detection of a fire will lead to activation of the gaseous (or 'clean agent') fire suppression network in the space. As the flames are extinguished, the smoke is drawn out and the overall damage is minimized – unlike a water-based system, the clean agent won't leave behind expensive damages to equipment, supplies, or product. And it's not just the equipment that's saved; early detection of a fire will also save the lives of the workers on the site. Instead of spending untold amounts of money to undo damage and replace equipment, the expense of recovery is reduced dramatically.

Coal Mines and the Need for Fire Detection

Few people would argue that coal mines (or any type of mining operation) qualify as a potentially hazardous work setting. Along with the dangers inherent with creating mine shafts their uneven construction can make them difficult to monitor, and there's also the equipment used to haul out the harvested product to be considered, as well. Many coal mining operations rely on conveyor belts to transport coal to the surface. What happens if the equipment overheats and an electrical fire starts?

With a linear heat detecting system in place, the whole of the mine shaft can be easily and safely monitored so that miners are alerted to a fire safety issue sooner rather than later, no matter where they are. That makes it possible to initiate escape procedures at once. In the meantime, the quick detection makes it possible to contain the situation and increase the odds of everyone getting out safely. It also improves the changes for keeping damage to the equipment to a minimum.

Investing in reasonable safety precautions for those who work in hazardous settings is one of the smartest decisions any business owner can make. All it takes is one event to devastate your business and your employees if you're not prepared. Take a second look at whatever strategies are already in place and talk with an expert about ways to make them better. The planning, time, and effort you spend now can save thousands of dollars, and more importantly, people's lives.

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