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Silo Fires: Fire Extinguishing and Preventive and Preparatory Measures – now available in English.
Published:  12 July, 2013

Written by Henry Persson of the SP Institute of Sweden and published by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), the publication is now available for download.

The book covers the following areas:

  • Summary of measures in the event of a silo fire
  • Firefighting method for silo fires
  • Workflow when inerting a silo
  • Personal safety
  • Formation of carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Risks of using nitrogen gas and carbon dioxide as extinguishing agents
  • Dust and gas explosions
  • Alternative firefighting tactics
  • Extinguishing operation with foam
  • Injecting water
  • Risks associated with opening a silo
  • Environmental aspects to consider
  • Possible silo fire scenarios
  • Spontaneous ignition
  • External ignition source
  • General information about silo types and silo storage
  • Silo types
  • Silo content and fill level
  • Preventive and preparatory measures
  • Risk assessment in accordance with AFS 2003:3
  • Preparations for fire extinguishing and discharge of silos
  • Preparations at the silo top
  • Functional testing of the gas distribution system
  • Preparations for using alternative extinguishing methods
  • Mobile gas equipment

To download the publication, click here.

The English language version is currently only available in pdf format at the moment but a printed book is available in Swedish.

The author Henry Persson is looking for feedback as regards the printing of a hardback version – the price for the Swedish hardback is around 15 euros.