4 Types Of Fire Suppressants & Where To Deploy Them

4 Types Of Fire Suppressants & Where To Deploy Them

When it comes time to install a new fire suppression system, you need to know which suppressant will work best in different areas within the building where the system is being installed. Depending on what type of facility you have, it is usually a good idea to install a fire suppression system that will work with gases & chemicals. Water is not always suitable in some settings now as it can damage other electrical appliances and documentation; damages that can be avoided by using alternative fire suppressants.

Types of Fire Suppressants:

  1. Water Mist Dispersion: 

The older water sprinkler system used to douse everything in gallons of water, resulting in the expected fire suppression outcome and damage to property in commercial spaces. These sprinklers have been improved to disperse a fine mist that uses way less water and does not cause much damage to surrounding objects and electronics. These systems are fed by a direct line or reservoirs, depending on facility location.

2. Inert Gases: 

These gases do not undergo any chemical reaction given certain conditions, especially combustion. Nitrogen is used as a food package preservative, argon is used in filament bulbs, and carbon dioxide is a dense combustion waste product. All three gases can be combined to provide an atmosphere that reduces oxygen until the air no longer supports combustion. These systems are immediately effective.

3. Carbon Dioxide System: 

This suppressant is suitable in localized areas that require privileged access to enter. Carbon dioxide can extinguish fire instantly but is dangerous for oxygen-breathing life forms. Extended exposure to this gas can cause death.

4. Safe Chemical Agents:

These are trademarked engineered products that are used to suppress fires in high security computational and manufacturing facilities. These clean agents can be sprinkled over to extinguish fires without any damage to electronics and electrical machinery. These chemicals are completely safe for the environment and present no hazards to people and plants.

When to Deploy them:

  • If your organization requires environmentally friendly fire suppressants, inert gases and select chemical clean agents have a minimal environmental impact.
  • If your business is cost-oriented, then water mist and inert gases are suitable to use in suppression.
  • If you want a one-size-fits-all solution to fire threats, then inert gasses are the best ones to use. They are the most flexible and instantaneously deployable to protect multiple floors without any delays. Plus, gases fill up space, so they offer complete fire suppression, unlike mist and liquid chemicals.
  • If your business’s operations are run on a tight schedule, and can’t suffer downtime delays after a fire suppression event, then opt for inert gases or safe chemical clean agents.
  • If you run a hospitality and healthcare business, you may need a combination of suppressant systems to protect people and electronics separately.
  • If your facility is industrial, water mist and carbon dioxide work best, but facilities with sensitive data and asset storage require chemical and inert suppressants.

If you require assistance with planning, designing, and installing a cost-effective fire suppression system and protects people and proprietary property, then Caveman Security is your best bet at securing a reliable system. We operate in Grants Pass, southern Oregon, and have been active for the last five decades and offer intelligent security systems from industrial purposes to home protection and even cannabis security!

Get in touch with us for a free quote, and you will feel much better knowing a caveman is on guard!