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Fire can happen even in the industry for textiles, almost all the necessary materials to be used can become flammable to a certain degree.

Which materials increase the fire risk?

Keeping materials that are quite loose are highly flammable such as fabrics that are off-cuts or have wadding that are open layered and has fibers with have lower density can also burn quickly as well as fibers which are oily in nature like cotton and wool which may have been oil contaminated during the processing.

The bales of fibers like cottons that have raw or rough edges are likely to burn on its surface and accumulate smolders under them. These accumulating smolders also become bales which can ignite anytime and can become nearly impossible to extinguish. Piles and piles of textile stocks like if kept close to each other may also increase the likelihood of fire ignition and fire spreading swiftly is very possible. Most mills are constructed traditionally which means they are made of wood and are also combustible.

The agents used for the textile oxidation process are also very flammable that can make the starting fire’s intensity increase via the oxygen it takes in.

Steps in Reducing the Fire risks:

  1. One of the best things to do is practicing the proper housekeeping. Personnel should be assigned for daily cleaning of fluff and other combustible soot and dirt including dust particularly in the ledges.
  2. Keeping the off cuts in the garbage is always a must and the garbage bins should be made of metal.
  3. Utilize heat that is not directed towards the working hall or room.
  4. Make sure storages should be very minimal in the working room
  5. As much as possible there should never be any smoking area

Controlling the heat in the work:

Some textile fibers can also give support to fires and smolders, so any work that tends to produce high heat should be halted for at least 30 minutes before ending the work day to ensure that certain risk will not be there after everyone leaves.

Remember not to keep any raw material and products that have been finished on the grounds and people work above it because these are necessary to be kept in a separate place or in a different facility separate from the workers.

Some foreign entities or items can also come into contact with the bales and fibers and may also affect the metal machinery parts that keep on rotation during the processing which could lead to high heat and produce spark. In fact the natural materials and fibers can have more foreign entities than the synthetics.

Dusts Accumulation:

There is a high chance of fire ignition when there is an accumulation of flock dusts on the grounds that comes from textile fibers like cotton. If absorbed in the atmosphere like when doing a cleanup, it can start a fire. The fibers can also settle in a quick time.

Even if there are Fire Safety and Control measures in place in preventing fire in such areas we cannot deny that a textile and cotton has the entire components to easily catch fire and can lead to huge amount of loss in this industry. The best solution to avoid such great loss is to have a preventive measure in place and this is our Verifire Solution which can detect fire and smoke in as fast as 20 seconds not only preventing a huge fire that tends to happen in this industry but also warning at the earliest stage for everyone’s evacuation before disaster becomes uncontrollable. Verifire can easily be integrated with the existing fire alarm systems already in place and can be viewed from anywhere in any location online. Easy to setup and install and has an Sd card built-in for the playback recording. Furthermore additional recordings can be setup when using the NVR.

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