Most fires in warehouse facilities and distribution centers are caused by electrical distribution, lighting equipment or a technical defect. Once a fire starts, damage and danger are exacerbated by the structural characteristics of a warehouse. High storage configurations, long conveyor belts and narrow aisles are all conducive to the horizontal and vertical spread of fire.
Another challenge is the increased use of plastic in products and packaging, as plastics carry considerable health risks when ignited. The same holds true for chemical and hazardous materials (hazmat), which can be explosive in nature.
Exciting developments in online sales and retail account for the proliferation of distribution centers and warehouse facilities around the world. As customers expect ever-faster delivery options, fireproofing your warehouse to avoid disruptions in business operations becomes more critical than ever before.
The solution speaks for itself: in our new high-bay cold storage warehouse, nothing can burn thanks to active fire prevention using oxygen reduction. Thanks to the high energy efficiency of the VPSA technology installed, we not only score big in terms of security, we also keep operation costs down.
Georg Grewe, Managing Director, KLM Logistik
We were faced with a difficult task that we could not accomplish using conventional safety and security technology. Our company fire brigade conducted an extensive series of tests attempting to set fire to an OxyReduct®-protected test laboratory—in vain.
Dr. Peter Bachhausen, Head of Safety and Environmental Protection, BASF Coatings AG