Fire sprinkler systems are one of the most common fire protection systems. But, as you can imagine, when a fire does occur or the system is otherwise tripped, the water from the sprinklers can cause a lot of damage, particularly to environments with electronics or other sensitive materials. For those kinds of environments, there is an alternative: clean agent fire suppression systems. Here are the benefits of choosing a clean agent fire suppression system in your facility.
No Water Damage or Harmful Residue
Whether you have a server room you need to protect or a museum exhibit full of priceless artifacts, traditional fire suppression methods, such as water and certain fire extinguishers and foams, can damage those materials. Clean agent systems use chemicals generally in a gaseous form to displace oxygen around a fire, cutting off its ability to combust materials.
For sensitive environments where there are no humans present, carbon dioxide systems are often used to suppress fires. However, carbon dioxide (CO2) is dangerous to humans, so these systems cannot be used in buildings or areas that are occupied or staffed with human operators. Clean agent systems, on the other hand, use suppressants in concentrations that are safe for people, making them more suited to most applications.
There are several types of clean agent fire suppression systems, but all are relatively eco-friendly. Some systems use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which do not deplete the ozone and are safe for the environment and people. Systems using inert gases argon, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen are also at safe concentrations for people, and once they are discharged, return to the environment in their natural state, with no harmful effects.
Clean agent fire suppression systems are a great way to protect your facility, without harming the environment, your assets, or your employees. If you’re interested in implementing a clean agent fire suppression system, give the experts at Vanguard a call. We design, install, and maintenance clean agent fire suppression systems of all kinds.