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1st Edition, January 1, 1984

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Inspection for Fire Protection

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  • Revision: 1st Edition, January 1, 1984
  • Published Date: January 1984
  • Status: Not Active, See comments below
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • Page Count: 22
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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This publication covers the inspection of storage and processing facilities at petroleum refineries for conditions that could cause fires, and to ascertain the physical condition, location, and availability of fire-fighting equipment. Inspection for physical conditions that may cause accidents is covered in API Publication 2002, Inspection for Accident Prevention in Refineries.

The inspections and tests referred to in this publication should be conducted by a person who has been trained and designated by management to carry out this responsibility. It may be an operator, a supervisor, a fire/safety person, or any trained person-including, possibly, a qualified person from outside the company. A good understanding of the actions and conditions that may Clause fires and the ability to apply this knowledge to prevent fires is required.

The purposes of the fire protection inspection are:

1. To locate potential fire causes and either eliminate them or recommend improved methods of controlling them.

2. To improve fire protection through design, equipment, practice, procedural, and policy revisions or additions.

3. To ensure readiness of fire-fighting equipment.

Upon completion of the inspection, the responsible supervisor should be advised of the necessary repairs or replacements and of recommendations for improvements through revisions or additions. Detailed documentation of all inspections should be maintained.

All supervisors should impress upon their employees their responsibilities to avoid actions that could cause fire hazards. Abnormal conditions, such as oil or gas leaks and accumulations, defective or damaged equipment, and infractions of fire prevention regulations should be reported to the responsible supervisor immediately.

Reference material to aid in this type of inspection can be found in API Publication 2001, Fire Protection in Refineries. This publication deals with conditions that cause fires; fire prevention and protection through refinery design, operating practices, and maintenance and inspection procedures; fire protection organization; training for fire fighting; fire control and extinguishing equipment, and procedures for ensuring the readiness of that equipment.