2018 looks like it will have been a catastrophic year for laundry fires. If you run a commercial laundry, here are the key points to be aware of.
2018 A Catastrophic Year For Laundry Fires
Fire prevention action in laundries is required across the board, whether you have a large industrial unit or a small on-premise laundry. Insurance premiums have rocketed and will escalate even further unless the laundry sector fixes its fire safety problem. Laundry fires often start in the night while the premises are unattended, so many incidents result in a total loss. A Disaster Recovery Plan is essential – it can make the difference between the risk of bankruptcy and making the business have a viable future.
Causes of laundry fires
Spontaneous combustion is believed by experts to be the cause of the majority of laundry fires, above faulty electrics, smoking or criminal arson. This is due to most fires occurring during the night on unattended premises and the ignition of textiles in dryers. Spontaneous combustion happens after inadequate washing. Textiles which need the complete removal of oil should be separated. A fatty or oily substance that is still on the textile after it has been washed will oxidise by chemical reaction with oxygen from the air. This is an exothermic process; it gives off heat – sometimes enough to reach the ignition temperature of the fabric. Laundry best-practice is to always ensure the effective cooldown of fully-dried textiles and to fit sprinkler systems in at-risk areas.
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