Although most automatic fire suppression systems have historically used water, this is quickly changing due to the fact that water is often ineffective or extremely impractical in many situations. Automatic fire suppression systems now allow you to utilize new agents that are vastly different than simple water, and ultimately allow you to put out fires more effectively while ensuring minimal property damage. Here is information about automatic fire suppression systems that utilize newer dry chemical powders and gaseous agents, and why you should consider them for your business or organization.
Dry Chemical Powder Fire Suppression
Certain automatic fire suppression systems deploy a dry chemical powder to extinguish fires. The advantage of these chemical powders is that they almost always extinguish a fire upon contact, meaning most fires are extinguished almost instantly. These systems are usually installed in factories, mines, offices, and other high-risk areas. Dry chemical systems are also effective at putting out fires involving liquefied gases or chemical fires.
Examples of dry chemical agents include sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate, both of which are effective at putting out fires involving flammable liquids, propane, electrical equipment, and chemicals. Another useful dry chemical is monoammonium phosphate, which can help extinguish fires involving paint mixing facilities, industrial scale painting operations, and certain flammable liquids.
Gaseous Agent Fire Suppression
Automatic fire suppression systems often use gaseous agents to put out fires, as well, which can quickly coat an area and extinguish a fire. There are a number of advantages to using gaseous agents, including the fact that these agents protect your property far better than standard water sprinklers. Water sprinklers often cause nearly as much damage as a fire, meaning they aren't desirable for all businesses or facilities.
Many of these gaseous agents are designed to ensure highly valuable assets aren't damaged. After these gaseous agents are deployed, there is usually no oily or particulate residue dispersed which can destroy valuable belongings, equipment, or technology such as servers and computers.
Examples of gaseous agents include potassium nitrate and fluorinated ketone, which are both effective at putting out fires involving data centers, telecommunications equipment, medical record departments, libraries, and other sensitive areas. These two gaseous agents also have far less impact on the ozone layer than earlier gaseous agents, such as flouroform, meaning your environmental impact is also minimized.
Ultimately, you should speak to a fire suppression specialist about how these fire suppression systems can help protect your assets, protect human life, and safeguard your business or organization. For more information, contact Desert Fire Extinguisher Co Inc. or a similar company.