Fire suppression systems of any kind are designed to respond immediately to fire hazards. The sooner a fire can be controlled, the greater chance you have of minimizing the amount of damage that occurs to your property or facility until help can arrive. Different industries and applications require different fire suppression solutions, and one such type of fire suppression system is the dry chemical fire suppression system.
A dry chemical fire suppression system is a type of fire protection system that makes use of a dry chemical powder to extinguish a fire. Most dry chemical fire suppression systems make use of a large tank that is filled with the dry chemical powder, and then pressurized.
When the system is activated, either electrically or manually, the valve on the pressurized tank opens, and the dry powder is released into a piping system and out the nozzles of the fire suppression system. The dry chemical powder works to smother and extinguish the fire as soon as possible.
There are two main chemicals employed by dry chemical fire suppression systems: sodium bicarbonate and mono-ammonium phosphate. Sodium bicarbonate can handle all Class B fires and some Class C fires, while mono-ammonium phosphate is an all-purpose solution used for fires in Classes A, B, and C.
Dry chemical fire suppression systems are primarily used in large, industrial applications like chemical storage, petrochemical loading and off-loading facilities, auto paint booths, dip tanks, mixing rooms, open-faced booths, and more. They are especially useful in environments where water is inaccessible or where a fire sprinkler system is not preferred. Since they are non-conductive, they can also be utilized to suppress fires on flammable liquid fires that involve live electrical equipment.
With any fire suppression system, there are pros and cons. Here’s a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of a dry chemical fire suppression system, so you can determine whether a dry chemical fire suppression system is right for your application.
If your industrial application needs a fire suppression system, it’s clear that the advantages of a dry chemical fire suppression system largely outweigh the disadvantages. Dry chemical fire suppression systems are simple and affordable to install, and they offer some of the best fire protection on the market.
If you’re still not sure whether a dry chemical fire suppression system is right for you or not, the Vanguard team can help. With more than 60 years in fire suppression and protection, we can design and install a solution that fits your facility perfectly. For more information about our versatile fire suppression system options, get in touch.