What are Fire Suppression Systems and How do they Work?

Aug 21, 2019 | Sprinkler Systems

If you manage a property or own a business, you probably have heard about the importance of fire protection systems, but do you know the difference between a sprinkler system and a suppression system? Do you know how fire suppression systems work or how to choose the right fire protection system for your establishment? It is imperative that you understand what fire suppression systems are and which work best in different scenarios. The wrong fire suppression system has the potential to cause more harm than an actual fire.

A fire suppression system is an engineered group of units that are built to extinguish fires through the application of a substance. Most commonly, a fire suppression system has built-in components that detect fires at the beginning stages through heat, smoke, and other warning signals. These are attached to an alarm system that will alert you when the fire has been detected and initiate steps for action to further suppress the fire. The majority of fire suppression systems will automatically release the application of an external substance to extinguish the fire after the detection and/or alert. However, some fire suppression systems have a manual application release.

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Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems

Clean Agent fire suppression systems use environmentally friendly chemical reagents to extinguish fires in sensitive spaces like data centers. The clean-up is minimal, water-free, and safe for the environment.

Carbon Dioxide Fire Suppression Systems

Carbon Dioxide fire suppression systems use the colorless, odorless gas CO2 to extinguish fires. This system is very efficient and reduces cost and downtime through easy clean-up.

Restaurant Fire Suppression Systems

Restaurant fire suppression systems are specifically designed to extinguish fires fueled by grease and in a kitchen environment. They use wet chemicals in a fine mist to quickly extinguish fires and offer a quicker clean-up than dry chemicals.

Industrial Fire Suppression Systems

Industrial plants are high hazard environments and industrial fire suppression systems are designed to confidently extinguish fires fueled by chemicals, liquid fuels, or hazardous materials. For this reason, industrial fire suppression systems use dry chemicals.

Contact us at Keystone Fire & Security today to inquire about a fire suppression system for your property today. We can provide insight into the appropriate system for your space, inspect your current system, and install a new system so you can feel confident in the safety of your employees and property.


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