A gas suppression system is a non-waterless fire suppressant that works by releasing a gas or gas mixture into the air with the objective of extinguishing a fire and/or preventing it from spreading to adjacent rooms. For a deeper understanding of fire suppression system, we should look at the principal aspects of fire chemistry. The “fire tetrahedron” is composed of fuel, oxygen, heat, and combustion chain reaction.
In order to maintain a fire, there must be four things present in the right ratio. When one or more of these links is removed from its place as it should always happen because by doing so can extinguish any fires but if things go out of hand it is always recommended to call a fire protection service.
- Stopping the chain reaction of combustion
- By removing or containing the fuel source
- reducing or cutting off the oxygen source
- Extinguish the fire by removing enough heat
A gaseous fire can be suppressed in two ways:
Inert gases such as argon and nitrogen extinguish fire by diluting the air with a low concentration of oxygen, below 15 volume per cent. When this happens combustion stops because there’s not enough fuel for it in order to continue burning at higher temperatures- which is most materials’ natural state anyway.
Chemically suppressing fires is a complex process that involves the release of an agent and air to cool down any hot spots. This does not mean, however, there’s no risk for those on site when this occurs: fire fighters often have their own risks such as inhaling toxic fumes or getting burned by chemical agents used in battling blazes which can be very dangerous situations if left unmonitored.
The alarm goes off and the control panel is immediately notified. The smoke detectors are designed to alert them of any fires in their immediate area, so they can release a fire-suppressing gas into that location before anything else happens or gets worse for you! It’ll take about 30 minutes but it could save your life if there was already combustion happening at ground level when this happened.
Different types of gas suppression systems
It is important to consider the different factors involved in determining which gas suppression system works best for you. Factors including storage space, installation needs and costs will influence this decision so it may require professional assistance before choosing wisely!
The following are comparisons of the three most common gas agents.
- Non-conductive: Unlike traditional fire fighting methods, Gas Suppression Systems do not conduct electricity, making them an excellent choice for extinguishing electrical fires
- Quick Response: A gas suppression system not only puts out a fire quickly, reducing damage from the spark, but also helps minimize damage from smoke and soot released by the fire.
- Minimal Damage: A business fire is not just about the damage caused by the fire. Leaving behind water or residue from a traditional fire extinguisher can also cause major damage to items like electronics. A fire suppression system reduces the amount of clean up needed after the fire has been extinguished, so you’ll be back in business much faster.
- Protect Employees and Occupants: Fire prevention systems are designed to work in both occupied and unoccupied rooms since they eliminate the need for evacuation before fire suppression systems are triggered, therefore extinguishing a fire faster, protecting human life.
- Eco – Friendly: A system such as the Noves 1230 suppresses gaseous clean agents. It will not negatively affect the ozone layer of the earth.