Fundamentally, fire prevention and control refer to systems and practices that increase a facility's ability to avoid fires, limit the development and spread of fires, and rapidly and effectively control fires. Changing safety codes and regulations along with recent technological advances have rendered the first edition of this popular handbook somewhat out of date and left fire safety professionals without a current, reliable reference devoted to their needs.
Comprehensive, uniquely focused, and completely up to date, the Industrial Fire Protection Handbook, Second Edition provides a practical guide for improving fire prevention and protection within a work environment. The author has made extensive revisions, significantly expanded his discussions in key areas, and added numerous examples and illustrations to provide a better-than-ever overview of all essential areas of fire protection, including loss control programs, fire behavior, life safety, hazard control, and emergency planning.
New in the Second Edition:
Discussions of new extinguishing agents, including wet chemical and clean agents designed to replace halon
Significantly expanded coverage of general loss control programs
More in-depth treatment of hazard control and life safety issues
Broader coverage of installed fire protection systems
More examples covering selection, placement, and maintenance of fire extinguishers
Table of Contents
NATURE OF THE PROBLEM
Scope of the Fire Loss Problem
Factors Which Affect Fire Loss
Can Loss Prevention and Control Have an Impact?
The Need for Understanding
What is Fire?
Measures of Flammability
Products of Combustion
LOSS CONTROL PROGRAMS
What is a Fire Loss Control Program?
Why Are Loss Control Programs Needed?
Who Needs a Loss Control Program?
Loss Control Approaches
Loss Control Process
Loss Control Program Essentials
Organizing for Loss Control
Implementing Loss Control
Managing Loss Control
Smoke and Fire Control
Emergency Action Plan Exercises
Hazard Control versus Fire Prevention
Hazard Control Hierarchy
Fire Prevention Plans
Hazard Control Policies and Procedures
INSTALLED FIRE PROTECTION
Why Installed Fire Protection is Important
Justifying Installed Fire Protection
Automatic Sprinkler Systems
Water Supply Systems
Halon Substitute Systems
Dry Chemical Systems
Carbon Dioxide Systems
Explosion Suppression Systems
Installed System Impairments
Inspection and Maintenance of Systems
Evaluate System Needs
PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
Types and Performance Characteristics of Extinguishers
Selection of Extinguishers
Placement of Extinguishers
Use of Extinguishers
Personnel Training in the Use of Extinguishers
Inspection of Extinguishers
Maintenance of Extinguishers
Why is Planning Important?
Who Should Be Involved?
When Do Plans Need to Be Made?
When Do Plans Need to Be Changed?
How to Develop Plans
Input from Other Plans
Systematic Emergency Planning
Where Plans Should Be Kept
How to Use Plans
Planning for Outside Agency Involvement
EMERGENCY TEAMS & FIRE BRIGADES
Managing Day-to-Day Operations
Industry/Fire Department Cooperation
COPING WITH FIRE
Why What You Do is Important
Prioritize Salvage Efforts
Documenting the Incident
Dealing with the Media
Evaluate Business Impact
APPENDIX A - ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
APPENDIX B - RESOURCE LIST
APPENDIX C - Glossary
"Workplace safety is important in all occupations; effective safety programs result in fewer lost worker days, lower and fewer claims, and better company performance; all these factors impact company bottom lines. Writing for students and practitioners, Schroll emphasizes the industrial setting, covering topics such as fire loss, fire behavior, loss control programs, life safety, hazard control, fie protection system, emergency planning, emergency teams, and coping with fires … Numerous photographs and charts supplement the clearly laid out text … a useful compendium of information for those who need a wide range of solid introductory material…"
-CHOICE, October 2002