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Fire-Resistance for Steel Blast Resistant Buildings: Safeguarding Lives and Assets with RedGuard

October 18th, 2023   |  5 min. read
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Ensuring the safety of your employees is crucial. Regulations and safety measures have been established so that we can prioritize their well-being. In hazardous areas, fire can pose a significant threat to both your personnel and property. In an event resulting in an explosion or fire, it is essential to have full confidence that your team will be fully protected with the most effective tools available. At RedGuard, we take great pride in our steel blast resistant buildings, which are available at protection levels up to 15 psi. They serve as robust safeguards for both lives and assets. Today, we will address a very important question: How do our buildings withstand fire?

The Importance of Fire Protection

Fires in industrial settings can have devastating consequences, causing severe property damage, injuries, and even loss of life. At RedGuard, we understand the gravity of these risks and are committed to implementing effective fire protection measures where needed. While our blast resistant buildings are designed to withstand the forces of explosions and the flash fires that come with them, we recognize that there are other fire risks, depending on the hazardous area.

Flash Fire Protection

Flash fires, often associated with explosions, occur when flammable materials combust rapidly in the air. Our blast resistant buildings are meticulously engineered to withstand such events without the need for additional coatings. We prioritize the safety of occupants and the preservation of assets with our robust design and construction techniques that can endure the intense heat and pressure generated during flash fires.

Intumescent Coating

For areas where there are other types of fire risks, we provide enhanced fire resistance through the use of an intumescent coating for our blast resistant buildings. This specialized coating is tailored to meet specific requirements based on the application and potential fire hazards present. Different fire scenarios, such as jet fires and pool fires, demand varying levels of protection and duration of exposure.

Jet fires occur when high-velocity jets of gas ignite, creating extreme heat and intense flames. Our blast resistant buildings can be customized with intumescent coatings when called for. Similarly, for pool fires caused by large spills of flammable liquids igniting on the ground, we adjust the thickness and select protective materials based on the specific fire risk. 

An intumescent coating has an appearance similar to paint, but when exposed to fire, it rapidly forms a protective layer on the building’s exterior. This thermally protective layer of char reduces the internal temperature and preserves the structural integrity of the steel, preventing further combustion. The process is similar to that of a sparkler, which, when exposed to a fire source, undergoes a rapid chemical transformation. 

We take immense pride in offering this cutting-edge technology, which significantly enhances fire resistance and ensures peace of mind in hazardous environments.


RedGuard's Features, Add-Ons, & Customizations

At RedGuard, we recognize that every facility has unique fire protection needs, and a one-size-fits-all approach does not suffice. That's why we provide an extensive range of features, add-ons, and customizations, empowering our clients to tailor their blast resistant buildings to their specific requirements. By offering a diverse array of options, we ensure that every aspect of fire protection is addressed.

Safety is not just about meeting regulatory standards; it's about protecting lives and assets. Our add-ons encompass fire suppression systems, advanced detection technologies, and specialized ventilation systems seamlessly integrated into the blast resistant building design. By offering these additional features, we create a comprehensive fire protection strategy that leaves no room for compromise.


RedGuard Specialty Blast Resistant Buildings 

When it comes to fire protection in steel blast resistant buildings, RedGuard stands as a trusted partner that prioritizes human safety above all else. With our expertise in engineering robust structures capable of withstanding flash fires and our intumescent coating for enhanced fire resistance, we provide unparalleled protection for personnel and assets in hazardous environments.

Customization is at the heart of what we do. We appreciate that different industries and environments have distinct needs and preferences. Whether it's enhancing safety measures or ensuring aesthetic appeal, we work closely with our clients to design blast resistant buildings that align with their specific requirements. We take pride in our ability to deliver tailored solutions that not only prioritize fire protection but also seamlessly integrate into existing facilities.


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