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Fire Prevention and Protection

Pretoria laboratory conducts 120 project tests a year

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) Fire Protection Engineering laboratory in Pretoria is one of only two laboratories of its kind in the country, and offers a wide variety of local and international testing capabilities. 

Increased safety in mines is driving fire-resistant product development

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 The renewed emphasis on safety in mines is resulting in the development of technologically-advanced fire-resistant products, especially in the field of plastics, reports Fire Technology and Consulting Services MD Kobus Strydom. 

Local manufacturer enters agreement with UK company

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 Local manufacturer and service provider of fire-fighting equipment and products, Chubb Fire, reports that its Angus Fire division has entered into a five-year agreement with the UK’s Kidde Fire Protection Services, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fire-fighting foams and... 

Passive fireproofing found lacking

By: Helene Le Roux     11th April 2003 The attitude towards passive fireproofing, which entails the use of fire-resistant materials in the construction of plants and buildings, is not improving. 

Fireman’s mains switch launched

11th April 2003 Manufacturer of electrical equipment and accessories, Legrand, has launched a new fireman’s emergency switch that enables easy disconnection to the mains from outside a building, reportedly at no risk to the user. 

Firestop industry still developing

11th April 2003 The passive firestop industry is still in its infancy in South Africa, although it is well developed in the US and Europe. 

Stainless fibre-forming capability introduced to SA

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd August 2002 Magaliesburg firm Metalloy Fibres began commercial production of 50 mm and 25 mm stainless steel fibres a month ago, having completed the two-month commissioning phase of the casting machine that produces the fibres. 

S African fire firm invests in Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     16th August 2002 A South African company, which deals in fire prevention and training, Natsaf, has launched its operations in Malawi. The company is operating in the name of Inter Saf. 

Deluge of SADC projects for local firm

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 When fire breaks out, every second counts, hence there is need for a fire detection system and a fire extinguishing system that is fast, efficient and reliable to operate, says fire engineering and protection company Sensor Technology director Keith Norgate. 

Illegal operators multiply as legislation goes unenforced

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 As the controversy on illegal companies operating in the fire industry rages on, the South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC) has accused the Department of Labour and Occupational Health (DLOH) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) of deliberately turning a deaf... 

Fire detection turns to software technology

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 Fire detection has moved away from the installation of the ionisation type of device, which includes radio-active material to using devices with advanced software technology. 

Too much security may be deadly

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 Stringent security measures, such as sealing of fire-escape routes and other exits in some buildings lead to catastrophic disasters in the case of an outbreak fire, forcing occupants to be trapped in a building on fire, laments fire and security company Springbok Fire MD Kobus Breedt. 

Low-cost fire and evacuation solution

12th April 2002 Poised to take the lead in the security supply industry, Teqtrader, part of Honeywell’s Home and Building Control Business, has introduced the Onyx series of fire-detection products, reportedly the most advanced networkable, life safety support systems, panel and peripheral devices from... 

Flame arresters protect pipelines and ducts

12th April 2002 The most important immediate response to any outbreak of fire is a quick reaction to prevent it from spreading. 

Fire-fighting equipment range expanded

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 Security firm and manufacturer and service provider of portable fire-fighting equipment Chubb Fire has added a new range of fire-fighting equipment to its existing range in South Africa. 

Department to grow inspectorship

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 The South African industry does not adhere to the South African Bureau of Standards(SABS) requirements of fire and explosion prevention a this is evident from the horrific fires and accidents that occur, says Department of Labour director Jakes Malatse. 

Fire-protection firm moves into Africa

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 Project management company in the implementation of integrated fire and security systems Security and Fire Projects has undertaken a number of local and cross border projects in fire and smoke-detection, access control, closed circuit television (CCTV), fire-suppression projects and carbon... 

Fighting fire with fire-detection system

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 One of Africa’s largest safety equipment manufacturers MSA Africa, has completed the development of its new fire-detection system for the mining industry, following the company’s merger with specialist fire-detection equipment company Computerised Telemetry Technologies in September... 

Heat-resistant insulation launched

28th September 2001 Electrical insulation materials and industrial laminates specialist Calidus Von Roll Isola has launched a new insulation system for low-voltage electric equipment that can withstand extreme temperature stresses. 

SA fire and safety firms merge

28th September 2001 One of Africa’s largest safety-equipment manufacturers MSA Africa has merged with specialist in fire-detection equipment Computerised Telemetry Technologies (CTT). 

Engineers on the march

By: Philip Lloyd     28th September 2001 For years a common topic of conversation was “What were you doing when you heard Kennedy had been shot?” 

London and Marabastad – a comparison

20th July 2001 There has been a fire in the squatter camp in Marabastad near Pretoria. In the middle of the night the fire raged and gutted 32 shacks leaving a hundred people homeless. 

New standards for fire extinguishers

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Four years after the South African Bureau of Standards tightened regulations concerning the reconditioning of handheld fire extinguishers in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, injuries and accidents as a result of substandard servicing of these pressure vessels continue to make news headlines. 

R80-million empowerment deal under way

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 German contribution to SA 

R1,8-billion in insurance claims

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention & protection 

6 000 inspections and counting

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

More effective policing needed

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

Fire detectors need attention

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

Services fail survey

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

Call for in-house fire-extinguishing equipment

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

New product on offer

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

85 seconds response to fires

By: System Author     18th February 2000 A new R5-million eight-wheel fire engine is capable of responding to a disaster at the furthest end of its runway in 85 seconds across any terrain. 

Innovator claims that new system can detect and extinguish an explosion in milliseconds

By: System Author     26th November 1999 An explosion-suppression system developed by HS Design Engineering in conjunction with Dectronic has been launched and promises total suppression of a fire or possible explosion within 100 milliseconds. 

Save children from burns 

By: System Author     10th September 1999 South African engineers are being called upon to help save children from burns. 

Lack of fire safety still a burning issue

By: System Author     16th April 1999 What have been some significant developments? We have seen a marked decline in the level of fire safety provided by local authorities. There are many reasons for this, including a shorter working week as stipulated in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. Local authorities suffering from... 

Four-legged fire detector 

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The latest technological development in fire-accelerant detection has four legs and a keen sense of smell. Tilly, a Border collie trained by owner Kim Yates, is being used by the fire engineering services group of CSIR Building and Construction Technology (Boutek). A former fire investigator at... 

R6,5m fire system for Mozal

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R6,5-MILLION contract for a fire-detection, public address and evacuation system at the Mozal aluminium smelter in Maputo, Mozambique, has been secured by Progressive Systems Technologies (PST) of Randburg, Gauteng. In September last year the company was awarded the Southern African... 

Passive fire-protection

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Following a damning report in on the state of the fire brigade in the greater Johannesburg area, the importance given to passive fire-protection is also in question, claims BICS Fireproofing director James Kerr. He is of the opinion that passive fire-protection goes hand in hand with the... 

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