Fire Safety For Sports And Entertainment Venues

fcam1Sports and entertainment venues such as arenas and stadiums are at a particular high risk for fires, as several disasters in the past have shown.

The problem with such locations isn’t just that any fire could possibly injure hundreds of people.

It is also that reliable fire detection for stadiums and in particular for outdoor sports venues had always been problematic, at least until recently. The reason for this is that smoke detectors, due to the way how they work do not work outdoors.

New fire detection technologies such as digital fire cameras and optical smoke alarms can now greatly increase fire safety for these locations where fire detection had been impossible until recently.

How does a Fire camera work?

A fire camera is monitoring a life video feed for a smoke and fire. The instant when the system spots a fire, it can sound an alarm or summon emergency responders. The biggest advantage of a fire camera is that it can also work from a distance. Modern fire cameras such as the Fcam can detect fires from several hundred metres away and can do so within seconds of detection of smoke or fire. In addition to that, they are also much more reliable then smoke detectors with less false alarms.

As the fire camera can work from far away to oversee a larger space or building, this means that the camera can also detect fires from many different locations. For instance, a fire camera could monitor an entire building such as a stadium or monitor areas such as parking lots and sound an alarm in case of a fire. A smoke detector, in comparison, could only detect fire in a single room. This makes fire cameras much better suited than many other types of fire detection systems, not only for sports but also for businesses and increasingly more also for private home owners.

Entertainment Venues & Fire Safety

Fires can often result in tragedies. But when entertainment venues such as as arenas or sports stadiums are involved, a fire may well turn into a major disaster where hundreds of  lives can be at stake.

A Modern Dry Riser System

It is for that reason that fire safety for such venues should deserve our attention. Here in this blog post I want to write about common fire safety measures that are often found installed in commercial venues.

If you happen to be an operator of such a venue as I am, this information may be very valuable for you.

Fire safety regulations may vary depending on your country. On the other hand, those regulations are equally strict in most Western countries, especially when it comes to commercial buildings.

Almost any nations, including the United States, the UK and other European nations have rules in place that must be followed by law.

Dry Riser Systems

For example, in the United Kingdom exists the requirement that all commercial structures that are taller than 18 meters must have a dry riser system.

In essence, a dry riser system is a system of pipes. The dry riser system makes it possible that the fire brigade can distribute water or any other extinguishing agent all throughout a building.

Once the requirement for a dry riser system is met, the building proprietor or owner must also think about regular dry riser testing. This is likewise mandated by law to ensure that the system always works.

The Ansul Fire Suppresseion System is one other fire prevention system that is especially made for commercial venues. In this case, the Ansul is a system for commercial kitchens. It is found in hotels, restaurants and similar venues all over the world.

It is not rare that several of those common fire prevention systems can be found within one structure. For example, it is rather likely that a major arena or hotel may have both, a dry riser system and an Ansul system, together with additional fire prevention systems such as smoke alarms and fire alarm consoles.

Only with modern fire safety technology operators of such venues can ensure their customers the maximum safety and protection in case of a fire!