Frequently Asked Questions
These systems often store the clean agent away from the area it protects and use a pipe network to get the agent to the discharge nozzles, which are located above each potential fire location. Three key components make up most suppression systems: notification devices, smoke detectors, and a control panel. Smoke detectors act as the first line of defense and sense a fire in its incipient stages. They activate the control panel to alert the notification devices, which sound alarms and activate visual devices so occupants know to exit the area. The control panel also allows the release of the agent into specific locations to effectively put out the fire.
Chemical Clean Agent Suppression Systems focus on being fast-acting and safe for humans. They are commonly used to protect valuable and irreplaceable assets like computers, data servers, other electronics, museums and artwork, libraries and archives, and other similar facilities. Anything that cannot risk water damage from traditional systems is protected with a chemical clean agent system. Depending on the application, your business may be protected by one of the following systems: FM-200®, NOVEC 1230®, ECARO-25®, and others.
For gaseous fire suppression systems, your business may benefit from either inert gases or CO2 systems. Inert gas suppression systems include nitrogen, argon, and CO2, or a combination of gases. They work by reducing oxygen levels to break the fire triangle (oxygen—heat—fuel), so combustion cannot continue. Inert gases are safe for people and the environment. CO2 systems are unsafe for people and are recommended only for areas in which people do not go. This is because CO2 systems use a heavy gas blanket to smother the fire and deplete the room of oxygen.
The last type of fire suppression system is a water mist system. This is not to be confused with a water sprinkler system. Water mist systems produce an ultra-fine mist that use 50 to 90% less water than a traditional sprinkler system, thus resulting in little to no water damage. Similar to traditional sprinkler systems, the water mist suppression system can also be connected to a building’s water supply or to a nearby tank or reservoir in order to continuously fight a fire.
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