Timber Industry

The timber industry comprises a wide range of processes, all of which are complex and increasingly automated (including heavy machinery). In addition to the usual fire protection standards, the industry is governed by its own guidelines and standards, given its particular level of danger. Of all the activities in this sector, the processes most commonly prone to fire can be classified into:

  • Extraction phase:  fire in vehicles and tools used, easily extensible to storage and supply areas.
  • Primary processing:  great variety high-risk thermal and mechanical treatments (dryers, mills, presses, debarking machines, sanders, etc.).
  • Furniture, board factories, etc.: In addition to the above, there are adhesives, varnishes, paints and finishing machines which expel a potentially explosive fine powder.
  • Warehouses:  of any kind, due to the great fire load they house.

The imperative need for a fixed and autonomous fire protection system is explained by the huge fire load present in the form of accumulated material and residues such as sawdust and fine powder, which facilitate the rapid spread of flame and generate potentially explosive atmospheres.

Should any outbreak occur, it quickly becomes an uncontrolled fire very difficult to control if there is no personnel nearby or if the extinguishing is not adequate.

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