FIRE SAFETY-TOP PRIORITY FOR ALL

The quality of installation of passive fire protection systems and the levels of fire safety awareness locally leave much to be desired, prompting construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa to place significant emphasis on providing high- quality training programmes for its staff and clients. The quality of installation of passive fire protection systems and the levels of fire safety awareness locally leave much to be desired, prompting construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa to place significant emphasis on providing high- quality training programmes for its staff and clients. 

“These programmes are to ensure that our staff workmanship is of the highest standard,”

Hilti South Africa field engineer Sibusiso Khumalo told Engineering News. He says the current state of fire protection procedures is such that many buildings are exposed to excessive damage and the rapid spreading of a fire once it starts. 

Khumalo adds that the main challenges that the fire prevention and protection industry faces are awareness and skills development, which is why he believes the quality of some installations is far below acceptable industry standards. 

Further, he says Hilti South Africa prides itself on skills development for specifiers and contractors for its Firestop product range, which is supported by the Hilti South Africa sales force and a specialist engineering team. The team’s qualified personnel can offer design function advice, complete on-site support, surveying, installation training, standard details and engineering judgments. Khumalo believes that fire safety should be a major concern for those who are responsible for the design, specification and installation of new buildings, as fire may be caused by various unpredictable occurrences, which are often outside the control of the designers. He says what can be controlled, however, is the effect of fire once it starts.

Hilti Firestop Protection Systems

Further, he says Hilti South Africa prides itself on skills development for specifiers and contractors for its Firestop product range, which is supported by the Hilti South Africa sales force and a specialist engineering team. The team’s qualified personnel can offer design function advice, complete on-site support, surveying, installation training, standard details and engineering judgments. Khumalo believes that fire safety should be a major concern for those who are responsible for the design, specification and installation of new buildings, as fire may be caused by various unpredictable occurrences, which are often outside the control of the designers. He says what can be controlled, however, is the effect of fire once it starts. 

 

 

 

 

“-many buildings are exposed to excessive damage and the rapid spreading of a fire once it starts-,”

“The control of fire in buildings, industrial plants and mines is normally affected by a combination of two fire prevention systems – the active and passive fire protection systems,” Khumalo explains. 

He highlights that the continuously increasing efforts with regard to awareness, training and education, as well as the regulation of fire safety by organisations, such as the Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa, are vitally important. 

“Hilti South Africa also has a building information modelling library, which saves designers and specifiers time, as they can download two-dimensional and three-dimensional models,” he concludes.

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