Large mobile and specialty equipment is susceptible to fire for a number of reasons. Many operate virtually non-stop, running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They use a variety of flammable liquids, like lubricating oils, diesel fuels, greases, and hydraulic fluids, and generate considerable amounts of heat from engine blocks, manifolds, turbochargers, electrical components, and brake systems. If a fire occurs, the results can be dramatic.
Operator safety is of the upmost importance in designing vehicle fire suppression systems, along with mitigating the potential for expensive repair or replacement of valuable assets. Vehicle systems can range from simple to incredibly complex and include options like automatic detection or manual activation, and some even incorporate data-logging, IR and thermal detection abilities.
Extensive downtime and business interruption can result in an even greater expense, since these types of equipment can take months to replace. Most importantly, fire can mean serious injury to the equipment operator. Insurance companies are well aware of these risks, causing insurance rates to increase and coverage hard to come by.
Not sure which fire suppression system is appropriate for your vehicle type? Get in touch with us today – we can help guide you through the process.