What is it about?

This study improves risk management. It investigates the build-up of the costs of fire in waste-fuel stores, to make the authorities and the population aware of the monetary and material benefits connected with preventive measures being taken.

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Why is it important?

The study shows that the fires occurred by self-ignition of organic materials, the storage facilities were badly and/or not properly designed, and the waste fuels were not handled properly. There must be one person only in charge during the fire to lead the action, and the fire brigade must not leave the area too early. Nowadays, the real cost for the fire is not calculated properly by the waste management companies.


The relevant actors will follow our recommendation not to store waste fuels too high, in volumes which are too large or too close to town districts, to promote better cooperation between waste companies and the fire brigades and the local EPA, and to make insurance companies demand implementation of more security measures before signing the insurance contracts.

Dr. Jan Stenis
Swedish state

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This page is a summary of: Fire in waste-fuel stores: risk management and estimation of real cost, Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, June 2011, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s10163-011-0013-1.
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