Employers and parents are responsible for providing a safe and healthy work and home environment for their employees and families. The invention of fire suppression systems has greatly contributed to the increased safety of buildings and occupants.
There has recently been a push for developers of buildings to integrate fire protection systems within their blueprints so as to better understand the requirements of fire services when they are called upon to deal with fires in or near the area.
In many developed countries, fire suppression systems are strictly regulated by the relevant codes of the nations authorities, as a way of enforcing occupational health and safety.
A lot of fire suppression systems are based on dry chemicals, wet agents or gases as their active ingredient to combat fires. These ingredients can be used separately or together within a system. Some of the most common fire suppression systems used are regular fire extinguisher for dealing with small fires, or an advanced sprinkler system that can handle larger outbreaks. Popular methods used by fire suppression systems for early fire detection can range from visual recognition, smoke sensors, infrared, and electrically wired detectors.
Gaseous fire suppression systems can be further subdivided into those that use inert gases and those using other gaseous chemical compounds. The inert version uses gases like neon and argon to reduce the oxygen levels to a point that is too low to support combustion. The chemical system takes advantage of the ability of gaseous compounds to absorb the heat to the point that the fire’s temperature is gradually lowered until it is extinguished.
A typical fire suppression system is made up of the active agent, the holding container, pressure release valves, smoke and fire detectors, delivery conduits, and dispersion nozzles. All of these items are then put under the management of a fire detection and suppression system and coordinated via a wiring control panel or actuation signals.
The primary goal of fire suppression systems is to enhance the safety of a building for occupants and ensure that it is reasonably safe from fire and hazardous products of combustion such as soot and smoke. They improve the amount of time needed to take appropriate action, and to improve the survival of occupants who are endangered by the initial outbreak of fire.
These systems also increase the likelihood that, in the event of a fire, critical operational functions will not be considerably interrupted, and that the loss of life and property will be as minimal as possible. They are the most valuable safety systems in any building and even at home.