STORAGE OF INFLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
The facilities and industries that use inflammable liquids day-to-day are numerous and possess different characteristics. They range from the automotive sector to refineries, to all types of industrial plants, to manufacturers, to the chemical industry, to off-shore platforms, and to the use of liquids that burn and spread.
Enclosures are those that can be especially dangerous since they burn with ease, and can experience quick growth and an exponential liberation of heat. The vapors also produce explosive atmospheres. On the whole, they pose a very high real risk of infection to other areas or materials, i.e. with the generation of secondary fires that can raze a building. They are also generate toxic and dense smoke that hinders the evacuation, which, due to the unforeseen nature of the progression of a fire, can obstruct the evacuation routes and can trap the occupants.
The priority when designing an extinction method for these risks is to act quickly.
The activities that present more risk are those that involve agents such as:
- Paintings and solvents
- Derivatives of petroleum
- Cleaning Products