All About Fire Sprinklers & Fire Suppression Systems

All About Fire Sprinklers & Fire Suppression Systems

Extinguishing a fire

When fire suppression and fire sprinkler systems detect smoke, heat or both, they will activate. A fire sprinkler system uses water to control or extinguish flames and minimise the spread of a fire until the fire-fighters arrive. Whereas the more commonly used fire suppression systems make use of gaseous, chemical or foam agents to suppress a fire.

Fire sprinkler & fire suppression applications

A fire sprinkler system is perfect for your everyday applications and also to reduce the property damage that can be caused by a fire. Should water contain the specific type of fire, facilities will use fire sprinklers. In some instances, fire suppression systems are the only option to extinguish a fire. It is also a viable option in the case of water causing irreparable damage to the property it is intended to protect.

Some common types of suppression systems & applications

FM 200 Fire Suppression

  • Great for computer rooms, historical archives, museums and many other applications
  • Does not require any clean up and leaves no residue

Carbon Dioxide

  • Spray booths, printing presses, flammable liquid storage and dip tanks
  • Works very quickly and efficiently, and the gaseous agent is extremely dangerous to humans

Wet Chemical Fire Suppression

  • Great for kitchen applications
  • It forms vapor suppression foam, effectively preventing re-ignition

Dry Chemical Suppression

  • Furnace rooms, medical rooms, flammable liquid storage areas
  • Works very quickly to extinguish flames that are caused by flammable and combustible liquids

Different Types Of Fire Suppression systems & Applications

Wet Pipe Sprinkler

  • Most commonly found in office buildings, high-rise buildings and hotels
  • Always filled with water and is ready to go

Dry Pipe Sprinkler

  • Great for buildings that are unheated such as warehouses
  • Is filled with water when the system activates

Deluge Sprinkler

  • Often used in areas of high hazard like chemical storage facilities and aircraft hangars
  • The sprinkler head is always open, pipes fill with water when activated

Pre-action Sprinkler

  • Good for situations where an accidental activation could cause a great deal of damage such as data centres, libraries and museums.
  • It requires activation of supplemental fire detection system

Despite the differences between the two, both the sire suppression and fire sprinkler system’s purpose is to extinguish or control the fire. Based on the type of fire hazard and the code requirements, there will be a fire suppression or fire sprinkler system solution to fit your facilities needs.

Despite their differences, both fire sprinkler and fire suppression system’s purpose is to control or extinguish a fire. Based on the type of fire hazard and code requirements there’s a fire sprinkler or fire suppression system solution to fit your facility’s needs.

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