Special Hazard Fire Suppression Systems

Special Hazard Fire Suppression Systems

Fire suppression systems are indispensable for industries dealing with specific hazards. They serve as the first line of defense, providing immediate response to any fire outbreak, thereby minimizing damage and saving lives. While there are a number of special hazard fire suppression systems, a few of the major systems include waterless fire extinguishing systems, inert gases systems, and dry chemical systems.

Installing appropriate fire suppression systems helps industries avoid substantial data and fire damage, ultimately saving lives. They provide the crucial seconds needed to control a fire outbreak, giving people time to evacuate and emergency services time to respond.

Fire Suppression Systems for Industry-Specific Hazards

Clean Agent Systems

Unlike traditional fire extinguishers that rely on water, waterless fire extinguishing systems use clean agents like FM-200 or Novec 1230. These systems are designed to suppress fire without causing collateral damage to sensitive equipment.

Ideal for data centers, server rooms, and other areas housing expensive electronic equipment, waterless systems extinguish fire by absorbing heat and interrupting the chemical reaction of a fire. The advantage? Minimal cleanup, no residual damage, and rapid recovery time. However, these systems can be more costly than their water-based counterparts and require professional servicing to ensure optimal functionality.

Inert Gases Systems

Inert gas suppression systems are another option for extinguishment of class A fires when sensitive equipment is a component to consider. These clean agent systems operate by reducing the amount of oxygen concentration inside the protected areas by raising the levels of argon and nitrogen most commonly. As these gases are present in the atmosphere naturally their green-house effect is nil and ozone depletion is zero. Being non corrosive allows its application to used at normal temperatures with a variety materials such as stainless steel, copper, nickel, bronze, and more.

Dry Chemical

Dry chemical systems release a dry chemical powder under pressure to a specified space to extinguish fire. Mono-ammonium phosphate and sodium bicarbonate are the most common powders used in dry chem systems. Sodium bicarbonate for class B and C fires and mono-ammonium for A, B, and C. These types of systems and their application are well suited to areas where water based suppression is not available or could create more disruptions if used. Some common areas they are found in include automotive paint booths, dipping tanks, and mixing rooms.

The Right Tool for the Job

Choosing the wrong fire suppression system can lead to significant damage. For instance, using a water-based system in a data center could cause irreparable harm to sensitive equipment, resulting in data loss and costly downtime. Conversely, a waterless system might not adequately protect an environment with flammable liquids. Let us equip your facilities with the proper special hazard fire suppression systems suited for your needs.