1. Highly deadly, combustible dust is a major cause of fire in food manufacturing, woodworking, chemical manufacturing, metalworking, pharmaceuticals, and just about every other industry you can name.
2. Hot work is one of the leading causes of industrial fires across all industries. Although hot work is commonly equated with welding and torch cutting, there are many other activities — including brazing, burning, heating, and soldering — that pose a fire hazard. Hot work is also a major culprit in combustible dust fires, as the sparks generated from the work can ignite dust in the surrounding area.
3. Flammable liquids and gasses - These fires, which often occur at chemical plants, can be disastrous. It features videos from five chemical plant explosions that were the result of explosions of flammable materials, such as rocket fuel (which produces a flammable gas), acrylic acid, and crude oil.
4. Faulty equipment and machinery are also major causes of industrial fires. Heating and hot work equipments are typically the biggest problems here — in particular, furnaces that aren’t properly installed, operated, and maintained. In addition, any mechanical equipment can become a fire hazard because of friction between the moving parts.
5. Electrical fires are one of the top causes of fires in manufacturing plants. Here a non-exhaustive list of specific electrical hazards: Wiring that is exposed or not up to code, Overloaded outlets, Extension cords, Overloaded circuits, Static discharge. Any of the above hazards can cause a spark, which can serve as an ignition source for combustible dust, as well as flammable liquids and gasses.