What are the types of fire suppression systems in the market?

There are some events in life that cannot be anticipated such as the outbreak of fires. If left unnoticed it can cause a lot of damage to expensive equipment and even affect a property. While in extreme cases can prove to be fatal for anyone that might be unfortunate enough to be trapped in such areas.

This is why it’s always good to install the appropriate fire suppression systems as a safeguard incase of such eventualities. There are many different systems a person can choose from to make their offices safe from any kind of fire that may break out. For the most part, apart from water-based solutions, these invaluable systems come in 2 categories, which are inert gases, and chemical agents.

The first variety work by releasing inert gases into the affected area and effectively reduce the oxygen levels (to approximately 15%) to prevent combustion and kill out the fire. These fire suppression systems are suitable for class A (wood, plastic, rubber, cloth), class B (flammable gases, liquids, oils) and class C (energized equipment) fires. However, there is a high risk of asphyxiation to anybody that might be trapped in the areas where they are released. To counter this threat, most of these systems come with automatic alarms to warn anyone in the vicinity of the fire to evacuate in time.

On the other hand, chemical fire suppression systems are appropriate for enclosures that might have materials that react poorly to water or inert gases. They work by releasing molecules that can absorb heat and effectively lower the temperature of such fires to stop their propagation. Due to their suppressed storage, these systems can significantly damage the structural integrity of the areas they might be deployed in. It is therefore very important to take note of this, when choosing the ideal fire suppression systems for your business premises distinct needs.


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