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Fire Prevention and Protection

Latest safety tech, services to be showcased at Firexpo 2024

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      10th May 2024 Events management company Specialised Exhibitions – a division of Montgomery Group – says that this year’s Firexpo will provide the fire protection, and health and safety industries, with demonstrations and information on the latest technology, services and knowledge around fire safety.  Firexpo... 

Better policing required in fire industry – manufacturer

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      10th May 2024 Fire suppression systems manufacturer and distributor Fire and Security Techniques (FST) advocates that national compliance and industry specific regulations be strictly monitored and adhered to. FST is a high-tech automatic fire suppression systems manufacturer under the Eckoshield trademark, an... 

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HIGHLY SPECIALISED INDUSTRY FST places importance on education and training, thereby equipping fire equipment suppliers and end-users with a sufficient knowledge on how to use fire suppresion products adequately

Fire risks posed by lithium-ion batteries

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      10th May 2024 Amid the increasing popularity of renewable-energy systems, including solar and battery energy storage systems, fire engineering consultant and manufacturer ASP Fire asserts that lithium-ion batteries pose unique fire hazards owing to their flammable electrolytes. The company says that unlike... 

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MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK Proper ventilation and gas detection systems are essential to manage the off-casing phenomenon associated with these batteries

Firm highlights risks, challenges associated with solar expansion

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      10th May 2024 With a surge in the adoption of residential and commercial solar power generation, global professional services firm Aon South Africa highlights that the expansion of the solar industry comes with considerable risks and challenges. Aon asserts that any solar installation poses a potential fire... 

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PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES Aon stresses the need for the careful management of solar solutions

Industry 4.0 enables surge in automated firefighting solutions

By: Sabrina Jardim     12th May 2023 In light of the emergence of Industry 4.0, automation and technology have become more prevalent in the fire prevention and protection industry, prompting an increase in demand for automated firefighting solutions and early detection systems. As a result, German fire-suppression systems developer... 

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PRODUCT OFFERING FireDos offers its early fire detection systems for use in waste recycling and in a broader industrial fire detection and firefighting environment

Couplings help mitigate fire hazards

By: Sabrina Jardim     12th May 2023 With the South African mining industry being vulnerable to fire breakouts and explosions, local mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pumps product supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) CEO Franscois Steenkamp says fires at mines are reported year in, year out. He tells Engineering... 

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FIRE AWAY Flameproof pumps are designed to withstand the most demanding conditions, including the abrasive waters of construction, aggregate and mine dewatering

Firm celebrates 35 years of safety

12th May 2023 This year marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of safety solutions provider Sperosens. “We could not be more excited to celebrate all that Spero Sensors and Instruments has accomplished, alongside our employees, clients, partners and friends,” noted Sperosens CFO Darren Kench. 

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DARREN KENCH This year marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of safety solutions provider Sperosens

Expo crossover to address all things safety

By: Sabrina Jardim     12th May 2023 As more organisations and individuals realise the importance of addressing fire risks, there has been significant growth in the local fire market, making this year’s Firexpo – to be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre from June 6 to 8 – relevant to increasing awareness on fire prevention.... 

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MARK ANDERSON This year’s Firexpo comes after a successful turnout at the inaugural exhibition, held last year

Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

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FACE TIME The inaugural FireExpo 2022 will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is one of the first in person expo's being held in over two years

Growing demand for fire solutions in food industry

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has noted a steady increase in its percentage of food industry-related revenue, owing to the insurance industry placing stricter fire safety requirements on clients. The increase in revenue has also been driven because of word-of-mouth referrals and ASP... 

Fire protection foam dosing system on offer

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech offers its FireDos fire protection foam dosing technology, known as proportioners, to the South African fire prevention and firefighting market. The company explains that foam is the only way to effectively fight certain fire scenarios. 

A large fire fighting nozzle which is fitted with a Dosetech Fire Dos proportioner which mixes air water and foam agent to effectively fight fires.
IN THE MIX Dosetech's Firedos proportioners offer the perfect mix of water air and foam agent to fight fires successfully

Water mist tech to be presented at event

20th May 2022 Multinational engineering and manufacturing company Danfoss Fire Safety – part of the Danfoss Group – will be presenting a session at the Firexpo South Africa 2022 being held from May 31 to June 02 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. The session will take place in the Securex... 

A spray nozzle affixed to a ceiling spraying a large amount of mist water as a fire suppression system offered by Danfoss Fore Safety
FINE TUNED The brand of fine mist sprayers known as SEM-SAFE will be highlighted at this year's ForeExpo 2022

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

HOT NEWS
The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification
HOT NEWS The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification

New sealant enhances passive fire protection

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Sealant technology provider Den Braven’s Fire Protect hybrid sealant is a “one-for-all” sealant that encapsulates the concept of passive fire protection, which is integral when designing a building or structure. The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating... 

MICHAEL BERG
The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating well-sealed compartments
MICHAEL BERG The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating well-sealed compartments

Sperosens

2nd April 2021 Fire protection infrastructure management in the mining industry. The Sperosens group of companies is an established and respected provider of Fire Protection and Telemetry solutions to the African mining and industrial sectors.   

Sperosens

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand  

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has had a productive first quarter, with numerous projects being completed or nearing completion last month. These projects include implementing or upgrading fire-detection and -protection systems for a hotel in Honeydew, Gauteng; a citrus pack house in... 

Caption:  	MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK ASP Fire's ability to apply rational design to its offerings is an integral part of its success
ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk discusses the concept of using rational design when implementing a fire prevention or suppressions system

4IR brings new tech to fire prevention

21st August 2020 With the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technological advancements introduce new possibilities, and the fire protection and detection sector is no exception, highlights leading engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company Lesedi fire engineer Francois Holtzhausen. An... 

FRANCOIS HOLTZHAUSEN 
Fire safety is multifaceted in that it involves life safety, operations, the environment and public sentiment
FRANCOIS HOLTZHAUSEN Fire safety is multifaceted in that it involves life safety, operations, the environment and public sentiment

Cold weather spikes home fires

21st August 2020 Public benefit organisation Household Energy Safety Association of South Africa reports that emergency personnel have had to respond to fires at homes and in informal settlements across South Africa as the current cold snap continues. While many of these home fires are accidental, there are... 

MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK
ASP Fire provides fire risk consulting and rational design, as well as fire suppression and detection solutions for both home and industrial markets
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK ASP Fire provides fire risk consulting and rational design, as well as fire suppression and detection solutions for both home and industrial markets

Automated firefighting presents several benefits

21st August 2020 Demand for automated firefighting is continuously increasing owing to remote-controlled monitors – especially in combination with automated fire detection – that allow for a targeted but flexible firefighting operation in limited areas, says fire protection services company FireDos engineering... 

TARGETED APPROACH 
Remote-controlled monitors allow a targeted firefighting operation in confined spaces and can be used for extinguishing agents
TARGETED APPROACH Remote-controlled monitors allow a targeted firefighting operation in confined spaces and can be used for extinguishing agents

Water mist tech sparks industry interest

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     21st August 2020 The use of water mist fire-suppression technologies has been increasing as more land-based applications have been identified and the benefits of such technologies are being realised by industry leaders and experts, says environmental solutions company I-CAT mechanical engineer Jeanri van Tonder.... 

Water mist tech sparks industry interest

Austrian institute verifies local suppression system

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Environmental solutions company I-CAT Fire Solutions in January this year commissioned the Institut fur Brandschutztechnik und Sicherheitsforschung, or the Institute for Fire Protection and Security Research (IBS Institute) in Linz, Austria, to certify the suitability of its fire suppression... 

FLAME ON
Varying degrees and configurations of fire were tested at the test site to complete the verification
FLAME ON Varying degrees and configurations of fire were tested at the test site to complete the verification

Fire detection system donated to care facility

23rd August 2019 Multinational power management company Eaton Africa’s sponsorship of a vital fire safety system has assisted care facility Alta du Toit Centre in Bellville, Cape Town, with revamping its outdated and faulty fire alarm system. After an inspection was done by the local fire department, it was found... 

OPEN DOORS Representatives from Eaton and Procom Fire attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Alta du Toit Centre
OPEN DOORS Representatives from Eaton and Procom Fire attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Alta du Toit Centre

Flame-detection system set for SA launch

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Industrial solutions provider HMA South Africa, part of the larger HMA Group, is set to launch the Det-Tronics optical flame detection and releasing system, designed for the demands of ultrahigh-speed applications, by the end of this month. The launch is subsequent to HMA Group being awarded the... 

BOOM BOOM
The new optical flame section and releasing system mitigates explosive situations in the explosives manufacturing industry
BOOM BOOM The new optical flame section and releasing system mitigates explosive situations in the explosives manufacturing industry

Supplier completes two projects on the Foreshore

23rd August 2019 One of the most significant challenges faced at construction sites in the foreshore area of Cape Town is ensuring that the projects are protected from fire hazards and comply with local and international fire regulations, says fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech MD Michael Feldon. He... 

CBD buildings undergo fire assessment and upgrade

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has finalised the fire system due diligence checks on seven buildings for a reputed investor who intends to buy the properties to repurpose as offices. Six of the buildings are located in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) and one in the... 

INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRIOUSNESS
Careful due diligence assessments are made when looking at inner city fire hazards
INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRIOUSNESS Careful due diligence assessments are made when looking at inner city fire hazards

Company gets new foam-dosing trailer system

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 For three consecutive years, fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech and Germany-based dosing technology company FireDos have supplied the latest portable foam fire-protection system to an integrated chemicals and energy company, states DoseTech MD Mike Feldon. 

Local company launches new fire-detection range

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 Fire-detection manufacturer Zyteq Fire launched a locally designed and manufactured range of conventional fire-detection products at security and fire trade exhibition Securex in Johannesburg in May. “The fire detectors are designed to provide early detection and notification of fires. They are... 

EQUIPPED FACTORY Zyteq’s detection products are manufactured in the company’s own ISO9001-certified factory, in Cape Town
EQUIPPED FACTORY Zyteq’s detection products are manufactured in the company’s own ISO9001-certified factory, in Cape Town

Local company offers transformer fire-protection solutions

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 Industrial fires cause damage of about R430-million a year. Transformer fires are disruptive, dangerous and may cause loss of life. Depending on the severity of the fire the likelihood of explosions is very high, says safety solutions provider Sperosens. Common causes of transformer fires include... 

FIRE-PROTECTION A typical transformer detection medium will be a hydraulic pilot line with fast response sprinkler heads
FIRE-PROTECTION A typical transformer detection medium will be a hydraulic pilot line with fast response sprinkler heads

Cost-effective fire suppression product has desired impact

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire Security and Techniques (FST) has just started supplying the FST Fire Orb – which supresses fires – to those living in informal settlements to mitigate the damage caused by a fire incident. 

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire risk assessments are the ideal way to develop and improve fire risk management, from documenting findings, categorisation of risk areas, recommendations or requirements for improvement as well as prioritisation of risk improvement measures, says the Fire Protection Association of Southern... 

CRITICAL PROTECTION
Fire risk assessments are critical in the protection of life, assets and in ensuring the continuity of business operations
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CRITICAL PROTECTION Fire risk assessments are critical in the protection of life, assets and in ensuring the continuity of business operations

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant

25th August 2017 With the National Building Standard and Building Regulations Act stating that all buildings – including shopping centres – should meet the South African National Standards (SANS) 10400 part ‘T’ fire-protection standards requirements, fire risk management and support consultant ASP Fire supplies... 

MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK
ASP Fire has completed a number of risk assessments in shopping centres
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK ASP Fire has completed a number of risk assessments in shopping centres

Innovative surfactants enhance firefighting

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Owing to ongoing drought conditions and a more intense fire season expected in South Africa, environmental solutions company I-CAT has developed innovative surfactants to boost the fire-extinguishing and dust-suppression capability and effectiveness of water. 

LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG
iFire is an ideal water-treatment agent to improve the wetting capability of water which, in turn, enhances its firefighting capability
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG iFire is an ideal water-treatment agent to improve the wetting capability of water which, in turn, enhances its firefighting capability

Passive fire protection integral element of safety

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 With passive fire-safety becoming increasingly important in new buildings and renovation work, South Africa-based sealant and adhesive supplier Den Braven says such fire protection systems need to ensure that a fire is contained within specified fire compartments. 

FIREPROTECT RANGE
The Den Braven FireProtect range, which was launched last year, consists of products that offer a complete solution to all types of expansion joints
FIREPROTECT RANGE The Den Braven FireProtect range, which was launched last year, consists of products that offer a complete solution to all types of expansion joints

Specialist still major contributor to industry

25th August 2017 Having been a major contributor to uplifting the quality and safety standards of fire protection equipment for over 25 years, fire protection specialist Centa Group has a thorough understanding of the science of fire and is equipped with the knowledge pertaining to fire protection equipment legal... 

SOLUTION OFFERING
Solutions are custom designed to suit specific environments and include design layout, installation and maintenance
SOLUTION OFFERING Solutions are custom designed to suit specific environments and include design layout, installation and maintenance

Elegen

25th August 2017 Edenvale-based original-equipment manufacturer Elegen has grown to be one of Africa’s largest generator manufacturer and suppliers, and has complemented its power-generation offering with the launch of its mobile pneumatic light-emitting diode (LED) lighting tower. This lighting tower has been... 

Elegen

Correct fire system implementation could save businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 To minimise financial losses as a result of fire destruction, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff states that organisations have the responsibility to develop and implement effective fire safety management plans. “One of the main challenges in the engineering industry is... 

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Fire-safety engineering might be the only viable way to achieve a satisfactory standard of fire safety in some large and complex buildings
FIRE-SAFETY STRATEGIES PROVIDED Fire-safety engineering might be the only viable way to achieve a satisfactory standard of fire safety in some large and complex buildings

Company emphasises importance of fire detection maintenance

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 Although fire detection is generally seen as a grudge purchase and done only when it becomes a legal requirement, fire and electronic security solutions systems integrator FS-Systems points out that building owners have a moral obligation to ensure that all occupants of their facilities are kept... 

New fire door in high demand

19th August 2016 Fire and security doors producer Bitcon Industries has been contracted to supply doors to an array of new shopping centres throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Jet Park-based Bitcon director Bill Vollmer comments that the company is supplying its Rubidor fire doors for the upgrading and construction of... 

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