What are the Different Types of Fire Protection Systems?
Fire protection systems are considered either active or passive. Keystone Fire Protection Co. has expertise in the design, installation, inspection, and repair of three main types of active fire protection systems: fire detection systems, fire suppression systems, and fire sprinkler systems. Active fire suppression systems require some kind of action to undergo their intended purpose whether it be to trigger an alarm or release a clean suppression agent. Fire detection systems may seem passive but are actually considered active fire protection and can be combined with a suppression or sprinkler system to extend protection.
Passive fire protection is often forgotten but equally as important and must be combined with active fire protection systems for full fire protection. Passive fire protection systems are those systems put in place within the structure of the building and require no human interaction to do what they were intended to do. For example, fireproofing walls or compartmentalization of a building can prevent the spread of a fire without any human action or even the need for electricity. Emergency lighting and exit signs are also considered examples of passive fire protection. Keystone Fire Protection Co. can provide both active and passive fire protection services like design and installation of fire protection systems.
Considerations for Choosing the Right Fire Protection System for you
Both passive and active fire protection systems are necessary to keep you and your property safe. However, choosing the right active fire protection system for your property can be difficult. There are a variety of systems to choose from and the functionality of each depends on the type of property it is installed in. There are a few major aspects to consider when choosing an active fire protection system.
The Size and Type of Building you are Protecting
Large open spaces like warehouses provide different challenges than insular rooms like those in an apartment building. Some questions to ask are:
- How large is the property?
- Are there multiple floors?
- What is the layout of the building?
What Kinds of Materials you are Storing on your Property?
Storage of sensitive material like electronic equipment or expensive antiques requires clean agent fire protection and suppression systems. Other types of materials, such as hazardous chemicals or flammable liquids, require additional precautions as well.
Operation and Maintenance of the System
- Will it work around the clock?
- Will it notify authorities?
- What are the inspection requirements?
What are the Fire Protection Services and Maintenance Requirements?
The fire protection services and maintenance required for a particular fire protection system relies on specific local laws and fire codes and/or National Fire Protection Agency regulations. Parts of your fire protection systems may need to be inspected or tested at regular intervals. You may need to be trained on how to use specific fire protection equipment. That’s why it is best to work with a fire protection company that provides a full spectrum of fire protection services. Not only will Keystone Fire Protection Co. help design and install active and passive fire protection systems, but we will also provide guidance on proper maintenance, schedule inspections or testing, and stand by for emergency repairs. Contact Keystone today to get a quote for fire protection services or ask about the right fire protection system for your business today.