Flammable liquids…combustible materials…machinery running 24/7…remote locations…these factors combine to make fire a principal hazard for any mining operation. Ensure your site is proactive rather than reactive about fire safety by contacting us for our Action Plan.
Mine fires were initially fought with high expansion foams which filled the galleries with foam, displacing the oxygen and thus asphyxiating the fire. These foams had a very low quantity of water per litre of foam, resulting in a mixture whose cooling effect was not great enough to sufficiently tame the fire.
An advantageous solution to this problem is to use fluorine free foam products (very concentrated) that can be used with mixing ratios as low as 0.3% in CAFS, so they produce very compact foams providing great safety against fires in mining scenarios. Meanwhile, for the big trucks used in strip mining, the automatic extinguishing systems based in fluorine free foam solutions provide a safer environment for mineral extraction processes. With the regulatory bodies around Australia banning the use of foams containing PFAS, all users must begin making the transition to fluorine free products. We can help you plan and implement your transition, ensuring you are prepared for any fire scenario.