Fire at South Los Angeles Food Processing Plant Underscores the Safety Concerns of All Kinds of Manufacturers, says Fire Protection Group, Inc.

Food processing plants have their own unique fire safety challenges.

It’s crucial that owners and managers seek out fire protection measures designed to deal with any particular threats a building may face.

An April 3 article on NBCLosAngeles reports that it took over 170 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) to battle a blaze that raged through the ductwork of a food processing plant located on South Compton Avenue in the Central-Alameda neighborhood of Los Angeles. The fire began while an unknown number of workers were inside the facility and may have been related to a gas leak. While all inside were able to safely leave the building, the future of the 400 workers’ jobs at the plant is not known at this time. An L.A.-based fire safety consulting firm, Fire Protection Group, Inc., notes that fires can threaten lives and livelihoods, and it’s crucial that owners and managers seek out fire protection measures designed to deal with any particular threats a building may face.

The firm notes that no two buildings are ever exactly alike and, very obviously, facilities differ greatly in terms of the kind of work being done in them and the risk of a fire. That’s why it’s extremely important to take a highly detailed look at any and all factors that could increase the risk to lives and property. Obviously, food processing companies, for example, face unique challenges because of the need to cook, heat, and refrigerate foods. Restaurants may also face similar challenges, while some types of manufacturers may also need to use extreme heat to melt down and mold products. Other types of businesses may not need to generate massive amounts of heat, but may have very large electrical requirements which…

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