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Do You Know the Most Common Causes of Fire in Your Industry?

The potential source of fire in your commercial environment dictates what kind of fire protection will best fit your needs. It is important to be aware of the leading cause so that you can prepare yourself and your employees for an emergency. There is no such thing as being over-prepared in a fire emergency; so it is always in your favor to read up on how to protect your business from fire.

To learn more about Guardian Fire Protection and our services, contact us online now.

Commercial Kitchens

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 7,400 fires break out in eating and drinking establishments each year in the US. The commercial kitchen is the most likely place for these fires to start.

Cooking equipment—including deep fryers, ranges, ovens, grills, barbecues, rotisseries, portable warming equipment, and grease hoods—cause 61 percent of all restaurant blazes, or about 4,500 fires per year. This isn’t too surprising, given the prevalence of cooking fires.

Other leading causes of fire in the restaurant industry include:

  • Electrical and lighting equipment (9 percent)
  • Heating equipment (9 percent)
  • Smoking materials (7 percent)
  • Arson (4 percent)

Guardian Fire Protection offers kitchen fire suppression services to defend against all types of fires in commercial kitchens, no matter their origin. Contact us now to learn more.

Office Buildings

The NFPA states that over 3,300 fires break out in office properties across the US each year. As with other industries, cooking equipment is the leading cause of fire in office buildings, causing nearly 1,000 blazes per year, or 29 percent of the annual total in this industry.

Other common causes of fire in office buildings include:

  • Electrical and lighting equipment (12 percent)
  • Heating equipment (11 percent)
  • Arson (10 percent)
  • Smoking materials (9 percent)
  • Exposure (4 percent)
  • Electronic, office, and entertainment equipment (3 percent)

Flammable and combustible materials are a major reason fires spread in office buildings. Once a fire starts, it uses these materials to become hotter and grow larger. This is why appropriate storage and correct disposal of such materials is an important part of your fire safety efforts.

Industrial Spaces

Fires in industrial buildings, including factories and manufacturing plants, are some of the costliest, both in terms of property damage and loss of life. The NFPA states that 37,000 industrial fires start annually in the US, resulting in 18 civilian deaths, 279 injuries, and $1 billion in property damage. The most common fire risks in this industrial environments include:

  • Combustible dust easily catches fire if there’s a spark. If enough dust has accumulated on the factory floor, the flames can spread at an alarming rate.
  • Flammable liquids and gases can cause an explosion if they come in contact with a heat source.
  • Welding, torch cutting, and other hot work send sparks and molten material into the air, a common reason for combustible dust or flammable liquid to catch fire.
  • Electrical wiring that is overloaded or not installed to code can cause a spark, creating an ignition source for combustible dust and flammable liquids.
  • Heavy machinery can be a fire hazard if moving parts create too much friction and heat.

Mission-Critical Environments

Airports, aircraft hangars, jet engine test facilities, refineries, and other mission-critical environments face increased fire threats due to their open floor areas, high roof decks, and the presence of flammable liquids that serve as an ignition source. The NFPA states that more than 50,000 fires are started per year in the US because a flammable liquid caught fire, many of which occur in mission-critical environments.

Because of their high-risk environments and delicate equipment, mission-critical businesses necessitate clean agent suppression systems. Clean agents work to rapidly contain and eliminate the fire source without the use of water so that the equipment sustains minimal damages.

Choose Guardian as Your Fire Protection Contractor in DC, MD & VA

If your business needs a fire protection plan, Guardian is here to help. We do it all from design to implementation to ongoing maintenance. When you work with us, you get a long-term partner dedicated to the safety of you and your employees.

Contact us online or call us at 301-861-0972 to get started.

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Terrence J.

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Near Letica Dr, Rochester, MI 48307
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Mark S.

Near Van Born Rd, Wayne, MI 48184
Mike R.

Mike R.

This quote is for two technicians to track out how the system wiring was ran in the building. After doing the investigating of the wiring, the tech's will remove the portion of the buildings that the customer is requesting be removed due to demo of 60% of the building. We will need to know where the cut off point of the fire alarm will be at so we can resistor off that portion of the site . Customer will supply Fire Pros with the cut off point on a blue print for the fire alarm . Customer will be responsible for contacting the AHJ about the changes to the fire alarm system. There will be stickers marking the openings as "Dead Circuits". Any live circuits that are not able to be removed the customer must know the locations and these locations must be labeled as " Live Fire Alarm Circuits" These Live circuits must be noted on the blue print for future . Customer will give Fire Pros a schedule for a work completion time frame. Each day we will touch base with our contact ,so there aw

Near Perry Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307
David H.

David H.

Near Walkent Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Alex R.

Alex R.

Completed annual Fire Extinguisher inspection for 2022

Near Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48208
Tyler H.

Tyler H.

Annual Fire Alarm Inspection (35 devices) (Silent Knight 5208)

Near Taylor Ave N, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Alex R.

Alex R.

Corrected Deficiencies from recent inspection

Near Schoolcraft, Detroit, MI 48223
Alex R.

Alex R.

Corrected Deficiencies from recent inspection

Near Schoolcraft, Detroit, MI 48223
Alex R.

Alex R.

Corrected Deficiencies from recent inspection

Near Schoolcraft, Detroit, MI 48223
William S.

William S.

Sprinkler Repair

Near Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Mark S.

Mark S.

Near Dobry Dr, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Art L.

Art L.

Return 20 tanks pulled for service

Near Clyde Park Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
David H.

David H.

Near Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Art L.

Art L.

Portable Extinguishers Repair

Near O'Malley Dr, Coopersville, MI 49404
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Robert G.

Near Ecorse Rd, Romulus, MI 48174
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David H.

Near Hagen Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
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Near S Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067
David H.

David H.

Near Taylor Ave N, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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David H.

Near Enterprise St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
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Mike R.

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John R.

Near Kendrick St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
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Terrence J.

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Near Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
Mike R.

Mike R.

This quote is for two technicians to track out how the system wiring was ran in the building. After doing the investigating of the wiring, the tech's will remove the portion of the buildings that the customer is requesting be removed due to demo of 60% of the building. We will need to know where the cut off point of the fire alarm will be at so we can resistor off that portion of the site . Customer will supply Fire Pros with the cut off point on a blue print for the fire alarm . Customer will be responsible for contacting the AHJ about the changes to the fire alarm system. There will be stickers marking the openings as "Dead Circuits". Any live circuits that are not able to be removed the customer must know the locations and these locations must be labeled as " Live Fire Alarm Circuits" These Live circuits must be noted on the blue print for future . Customer will give Fire Pros a schedule for a work completion time frame. Each day we will touch base with our contact ,so there aw

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Jared J.

Portable Extinguishers Inspection

Near Eureka Rd, Taylor, MI 48180
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Art L.

Per Scott they have 8-9 Tanks that need to be tested Return 15 tanks pulled on 5/20 and pick up five more as well as a few fire extinguishers that also need service

Near Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525