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.
RP 2003: Protection Against Ignitions Arising Out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents
Ignition Hazards Involved in Abrasive Blasting of Atmospheric Storage Tanks in Hydrocarbon Service
Application of Fixed Water Spray Systems for Fire Protection in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries