Each year, industrial fires are responsible for thousands of worker injuries or deaths, and millions of dollars in property damage and product loss.
Given the fiber-based nature of its products, the pulp and paper industry is particularly susceptible to fire risk. Highly flammable short-fiber cellulose, combustible dust, and potential sources of ignition (e.g., static electricity, frictional heating, hot equipment surfaces, etc.) can easily combine to invite danger and, often, total devastation.
With a projected global market value of $368 billion (USD) and a workforce of thousands, the pulp and paper industry certainly has a lot to lose. It is also one wherein tissue converters and other paper makers are commonly protected by outmoded fire detection equipment.