Auto body shops contain highly flammable liquids. Spills, leaks, and fumes from these chemicals are a constant risk. Are you adequately protecting your employees, customers, and building from the threat of fire? If not, now is the time to install a fire suppression system in your auto body shop.
At United Fire Protection, we take your safety and code compliance very seriously. That’s why we offer a full range of fire suppression services for auto body shops in Central Florida, including installation, inspections, maintenance, repair, and recharge. Our priority is to keep your people and property safe in case a fire ignites unexpectedly.
To schedule fire suppression services for your auto body shop in the Central Florida area, please call United Fire Protection at (407) 218-8348 today.
Fire Safety Risks in Auto Body Shops
Restoring car paint is probably a major facet of your auto body shop. All paint materials—including lacquers, enamels, and solvents—are fire hazards. Vapors from evaporating solvents can reach dangerously high concentrations in enclosed spaces. Open flames, lit cigarettes, or sparks from an electrical motor or welding torch can then ignite these vapors.
Paint fires tend to burn quickly and violently. A single incident could be enough to wipe out your entire business and injure or even kill anyone in the shop when it occurs. Successful, long-term auto body shop owners understand the importance of fire prevention—such as installing ventilation systems to control vapor concentrations—and fire protection—which includes installing and servicing a fire suppression system.
Fire Suppression Systems for Auto Body Shops
Dry chemical fire suppression systems are the most appropriate for auto body shops and the fire hazards located there. Installing such a system is the key to meeting the following National Fire Protection Association standards:
- NFPA Standard 17 for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems
- NFPA Standard 33 for Spray Application Using Flammable and Combustible Materials
- NFPA Standard 34 for Dipping, Coating, and Printing Processes Using Flammable or Combustible Liquids
Dry chemical fire suppression is available in various sizes and configurations to suit the needs of your auto body shop. Here are the components you can expect to be included in your system for 24-hour fire protection:
- Heat detectors to sense when there’s a fire
- Pull stations for employees to activate when they see a fire
- Alarms to tell workers when to evacuate
- Nozzles that eject dry chemical agents and caps to prevent paint contamination between uses
- Control heads that activate in response to heat detectors or pull stations
- PAC 10/200 pneumatic actuating cylinders to allow 10 or 20 cylinders to activate simultaneously for maximum suppression
- Time delay to let the exhaust fan wind down
- Agent tanks with a specified amount of dry chemical extinguishing agent needed to protect your auto body shop
Tips for Operating Your Fire Suppression System Safely
To maximize the effectiveness of your fire suppression system, make sure to do the following:
- Choose a qualified, licensed fire protection company, such as United Fire Protection, to install your fire suppression system.
- Schedule routine inspections and maintenance for code compliance and peace of mind that your fire suppression system is working correctly if you ever need it.
- Document all maintenance activity in a logbook. Include the company, the name of the technician, and the specific services performed.
Fire Suppression for Auto Body Shops in Florida
It’s tempting to take shortcuts in a demanding, competitive industry, but sound fire safety practices are vital for the protection of your employees and assets. United Fire Protection can ensure your auto body shop in Central Florida is as safe as possible from fire.
To learn more about our fire suppression services in the Orlando area, contact us today.
Our Fire Suppression Service Area
We service the following areas around Central Florida: Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Casselberry, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Lakeland, Longwood, Maitland, Orange City, Orlando, Oviedo, Sanford, St. Cloud, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Winter Park, Winter Springs, and the surrounding areas.