Why fire safety?

Fire in numbers

Fire in numbers

Fire safety is all about risk. The probability of a serious fire in any building may be low, but the potential consequences are enormous. ROCKWOOL insulation products are often used as a dedicated fire protection to parts of building structure and industrial equipment.

Unwanted fires may have multiple consequences, damage to human life and health, property damage, business interruption, and environmental pollution. Due to lack of data, available fire statistics cannot be expected to tell the full story. Some indications of the consequences of fires can be found for example on this site: www.firesafeeurope.org

 

The most tragic consequence of fire incidents is any loss of life. According to an analysis of death certificates carried out by the National Fire Protection Association, more than 50% of fire victims die form the effects of smoke inhalation. Additional 23% lost their lives due to a combination of smoke inhalation and burns1.

 

ROCKWOOL products contribute to fire safety in a multitude of ways:

  • Generally as a non-combustible core material, the contribution to the spread of fire is negligible or none.
  • ROCKWOOL products only marginally – if ever – generate toxic smoke and particles.
  • ROCKWOOL insulation products are often used as a dedicated fire protection to parts of building structure and industrial equipment.

1 Source: John R. Hall, Jr., Fire Analysis and Research Division, National Fire Protection Association, March 2011