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12 June 2024 Polystyrene panels in cold storage facilities a fire risk
In examining fire-safety issues related to polystyrene panels in cold storage, it is crucial to consider international standards and the inherent risks associated with this material, according to ASP Fire CEO...
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14 May 2024 Thatch-roofed structures face increasing insurance challenges due to fire risk
Insurance companies are increasingly leery to insure thatch-roofed structures, says ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. The danger posed by thatch in terms of fire risk was starkly illustrated recently when the...
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30 April 2024 A rational design for fire-safety purposes is not just a tick box exercise
As building regulations evolve and safety standards are updated, the importance of consulting an expert for a proper rational design in fire protection is increasingly vital. ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk...
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15 April 2024 Beware of the fire risk posed by lithium-ion batteries
As renewable energy systems, including solar panels and battery energy storage systems (BESS), gain increasing popularity, experts caution about the potential fire risks posed by lithium-ion batteries. Commonly used...
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6 February 2024 Spate of Joburg building fires calls for proactive fire-safety planning
The most recent incident of a fire breaking out in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD) in the early hours of Saturday morning on 3 February highlights the importance of the rational design of...
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7 September 2023 The importance of fire engineering consulting, planning, and design
ASP Fire provides holistic, proactive, and preventative fire solutions based on integrated fire risk assessment, training, and consulting, along with the installation and maintenance of fire detection and...
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16 August 2023 How to prevent solar inverter short-circuits and fires
With many South Africans installing inverters as part of solar power systems to mitigate the impact of loadshedding in homes and at businesses, users need to be aware of the potential fire risk. This includes...
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27 July 2023 How to prevent valuable data in a server room from going up in smoke
The installation of proper fire detection and suppression systems is critical in hi-tech areas such as server rooms to protect both costly equipment and valuable data in the event of any fire, comments ASP Fire CEO...
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14 July 2023 Vodacom Century City fire highlights fire safety for PV systems
The fire at the Vodacom building at Century City in Cape Town on Sunday 9 July is suspected of having been caused by an issue with the rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installation. Such systems for homes and...
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11 May 2023 SAFM Sunrise Interview with ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk
Interview with Michael van Niekerk, CEO of ASP fire risk chatting about how loadshedding places increased pressure on transformers at substations.
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