In this video, a pan filled with kerosene is ignited and additional fuel is pumped into the pan at a rate of 10 gallons per minute (38 liters per minute). The pan begins to flow over and the burning fuel flows onto the floor. At this point the floor’s internal flushing system was activated to flush out the kerosene. As shown, the size of the fire on the floor did not spread which allowed a fireman to get close to the fire source and safely extinguish it while burning fuel continued to flow into the floor profiles.
This fire test is based on the U.S. Air force and U.S. Navy worst case scenario of a 3-dimensional fire inside an aircraft hangar caused by a fully fueled aircraft catching fire. The burning aircraft’s fuel tank will heat, eventually rupture and begin spilling fuel. In this case, a continuous supply of jet fuel (kerosene) would fuel the fire and spread out over the hangar floor.
Forklifts piercing totes is one of the most common accidents in industries dealing with environmentally hazardous and ignitable liquids. We conducted this test to analyze how we could design the Safespill system to mitigate a spill like this. It also proves how easily a small accident can turn into a dangerous situation when the contents of the tote are flammable or hazardous.
In this video, we demonstrate what happens when alcohol is spilled and ignited. The flames of an alcohol fire are invisible, therefore we used a thermal imaging camera. We spilled 1 gallon (3.8 liters) on the Safespill flooring system and immediately ignited it, we did the same on a steel containment pad. The floor’s internal flushing system was not activated during this test.
** Please note that the Safespill system is designed to be installed directly on a concrete floor, in this test the floor was raised because the concrete floor at the fire test site is too uneven to lay it directly on top.