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4 July 2018 Load shedding poses a significant fire-safety risk, warns fire expert
The public needs to be aware of the potential fire risks posed by electricity utility Eskom’s decision to implement scheduled load shedding across South Africa, ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk warns. He urges all...
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18 May 2018 Building design must incorporate effective disaster management
All building designs must incorporate effective disaster-management systems to allow for safe escape and the control of fire and smoke. A minor design flaw could potentially place people, equipment, and property at...
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10 April 2018 Shopping centres need to buy into compliant fire-prevention strategies
Imagine a fire breaking out in a densely-packed shopping centre. Are you sure you know where the nearest emergency exit is, or even if that particular shopping centre has the necessary equipment and evacuation...
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7 March 2018 The benefits of fire compartmentalisation in warehouses and factories
It is important that architects understand the benefits of, and need for, fire compartmentalisation in industrial design, such as for warehouses and factories, according to ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk.
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24 January 2018 Fire risk increases as Cape Town brings forward Day Zero
Day Zero, when the City of Cape Town is expected to officially run out of water, has been brought forward by more than a week from 21 to 12 April. In addition to the dire water shortage, the hot, dry, and windy...
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2 October 2017 Fire-protection requirements for thatch-roofed structures
Thatch roofing is a readily-available construction material providing excellent natural insulation from extreme temperature fluctuations, and is commonly used for lapas and hunting lodges.
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22 August 2017 The importance of fire-detection systems in underground mining
Underground mining is an exceptionally hazardous environment, as persons who work underground have limited means to escape in the event of any fire. In certain situations, there is only one escape path, which can be...
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20 July 2017 How to apply best practice fire-safety standards to shopping centres
Turnkey fire-safety solutions provider ASP Fire can assist with shopping-centre design to ensure it complies with minimum or best-practice fire-safety standards.
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13 June 2017 Fire detection and prevention in server rooms
The installation of proper fire detection and suppression systems is critical in hi-tech areas such as server rooms, in order to protect both costly equipment and valuable data in the event of any fire.
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4 May 2017 South Africans remain complacent about fire-safety awareness
There is a general complacency among South Africans when it comes to safety in general, and fire safety in particular. Most people do not believe they will become a victim of a car accident, a workplace incident, or...
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