The Importance of Fire Alarm Design in Manufacturing and Warehousing

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Recent data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sheds light on the risks of fire on industrial properties used for manufacturing and warehousing. This underscores the importance of proper fire alarm design in these sectors, and a need for tools that can streamline and improve the fire alarm design process. 

Data on Manufacturing Fires 

The NFPA report shows that over a four-year period, municipal fire departments in the United States responded to almost 38,000 fires per year at industrial or manufacturing properties. Sadly, these fires resulted in 16 civilian deaths and 273 civilian injuries every year, in addition to $1.2 billion in property damage. In the manufacturing sector, it should come as no surprise that the leading causes of these fires include improper electrical distribution and lighting equipment, in addition to malfunctioning and misused heating equipment. 

Data on Warehouse Fires

The NFPA report includes separate data for warehouse fires. Over a four-year period, local fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 1,450 warehouse structure fires annually. Fortunately, the casualties in warehouse fires are lower at an average of two civilian deaths and 16 civilian injuries per year; this is likely attributed to most of the fires occurring between midnight and 6 AM. However, warehouse fires are associated with higher property losses: $283 million in direct property damage.

The leading cause of warehouse fires, says the NFPA, is electrical arcing resulting from overloaded and overheated circuits. 

Improving Fire Alarm Design in Manufacturing and Warehousing  

These facts reveal a critical need for improved fire alarm design in the manufacturing and warehousing industries. With the right tools, licensed contractors in the skilled trades can complete fire alarm design projects more confidently and efficiently. Our FireCAD design tool can help electrical contractors who are new to fire alarm design by streamlining the process. Likewise, it can support experienced contractors to design better fire alarm projects. No matter the level of experience involved, FireCAD can help contractors design better fire alarm systems for the protection of manufacturing and warehousing facilities. 

Have Questions on FireCAD? Contact Cadgen Software

The elevated fire risks to manufacturing and warehousing properties are real, and improved fire alarm design is needed to combat these vulnerabilities. FireCAD can support contractors in better fire alarm design for manufacturing and warehousing; to learn more, call Cadgen Software today. 

About Cadgen Software 

Cadgen makes using AutoCAD easier and faster with user-friendly FireCAD fire alarm design software. Our FireCAD product has saved countless contractors time on project completion, and it can do the same for you. Contact our sales department at (855) 223-4361 Ext. 1. Our knowledgeable team will be glad to answer your questions.   

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