Fire safety encompasses two aspects:
Equipment must be selected and installed in a fashion that prevents them from causing fires due to increases in temperature during normal operation as well as in the event of malfunctions. To this end, the reaction to fire in terms of material, installation surface and any surfaces impacted by temperature as well as the minimum distance from flammable materials must be observed.
Equipment must further feature sufficient resistance to fire and combustion. This aspect covers the possible hazard of flammable equipment components, particularly plastics, promoting the spread of fire.