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Fire Protection

Refineries and plants have specialized fire safety needs. API strongly supports the principles of fire prevention as elements for personnel and property protection in the petroleum industry. Prevention programs provide the most effective means of ensuring personnel safety. Refineries install extensive fire protection equipment to include fire water systems, foam fire suppression systems, fire extinguishers, and fire alarms. While many refineries operate their own fire-fighting forces and equipment on-site, coordination with local safety responders is also important. Sometimes, refineries have opportunity to give back to their communities by sharing knowledge, expertise, and fire-fighting capabilities with their local communities. 

API also partners with NFPA to develop fire codes, and API documents are cited in NFPA documents. Currently, nearly 100 API Standards, Recommended Practices, and other documents are cited in NFPA codes. View a full list of these documents here. Access a short printable handout highlighting the integration between API and NFPA here

Currently, API maintains 8 fire protection standards and recommended practices.  Click here to view a read only copy of those API documents incorporated by references. An account will have to be created to access, but once it is, all can be viewed.

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RP 2001

RP 2001: Fire Protection in Refineries

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RP 2003

RP 2003: Protection Against Ignitions Arising Out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents

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RP 2027

Ignition Hazards Involved in Abrasive Blasting of Atmospheric Storage Tanks in Hydrocarbon Service

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RP 2028

Flame Arresters in Piping Systems

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RP 2030

Application of Fixed Water Spray Systems for Fire Protection in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries

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RP 2210

Flame Arresters for Vents of Tanks Storing Petroleum Products

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RP 2216

Ignition Risk of Hydrocarbon Vapors by Hot Surfaces in the Open Air

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RP 2218

Fireproofing Practices in Petroleum and Petrochemical Processing Plants

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