Whether you own an older building or are having a new one built, one essential that must be worked into building plans is an effective fire suppression system.

Available in multiple types, these systems when installed by specialty fire suppression system companies are required in most commercial buildings to keep the building safe and pass local fire safety codes.

Here is a basic overview about these important fire safety systems to understand them better prior to contracting with a fire suppression system service to have one installed or repaired.

What Is A Fire Suppression System?

A fire suppression system is an automatic fire detection and extinguishing system that puts out fires without the use of water.

These systems have been in use since the 1800s, first as sprinkler systems and now as chemical systems installed by fire suppression system companies.

How Do Modern Fire Suppression Systems Work?

The main problem with the sprinkler systems that are even still in use in some buildings is that they use large amounts of water and cause extensive damage to whatever is inside the building.

Whether it is business equipment and machinery, supplies, or production stock, sprinkler systems typically ruin it all while leaving a big mess that must be cleaned up before an affected company can get back to business.

Modern chemical suppression systems provided by fire suppression system services are waterless and significantly efficient.

They extinguish fires by spraying a chemical that suffocates or extinguishes the fire much faster and without extensive damage to building contents.

What Agents Are Used In Fire Suppression Systems?

The first chemical fire suppression systems were developed in the 1960s and sprayed halon, which was very effective for quickly suffocating a fire.

Halon was later determined to be detrimental to the ozone layer and production ceased in the 1980s. 

The systems installed by fire suppression system companies today come in two types, each using different chemical agents to extinguish fires:

  • Clean Agents - Chemical gasses that suffocate the fire without leaving any kind of residue, some of which include chemical agents developed for this purpose and inert agents like naturally occurring gases.
  • CO2 - Carbon dioxide that quickly removes the oxygen that allows a fire to burn.

Which Fire Suppression System Is Right For Your Building?

CO2 systems are effective; however, they are harmful to human health and because of this, fire suppression system services typically only install these systems in confined areas where people are not usually present.

On the other hand, clean agent systems are completely safe for use around people while offering two other very important qualities:

  1. They leave no residue at all.
  2. They are nonconductive.

As such, clean agent systems are preferred for any building where people work or contents are kept that you would not want to be destroyed.

They are very effective and clean which is why they are used by museums, libraries, data centers, and many other buildings where it is critical to protect the contents as well as the building.

Protect Buildings With Fire Suppression Systems

Losing a building or even business equipment and data to a fire can be devastating to any business.

The appropriate fire suppression system installed by a knowledgeable and experienced fire suppression system service can more than adequately protect everything inside a building as opposed to outdated sprinkler systems that will damage everything inside a given property.

Call a fire suppression system company to talk about installing or updating to a new clean agent suppression system that will save it all!

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