How Do I Know Which Fire Suppression System Is Right For Me?

Posted October 06, 2023 by Koorsen Fire & Security


When it comes to fire safety, choosing the right fire suppression system is crucial. Various types of fire suppression systems are available, each designed to combat fires effectively in specific environments. In this blog post, we will delve into different types of fire suppression systems, their working principles, and their applications, helping you make informed decisions to enhance fire safety in your facility.

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Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler systems are one of the most common fire suppression systems used today. They consist of a network of pipes connected to sprinkler heads strategically placed throughout the building. When heat from a fire activates a sprinkler head, water is discharged to control or extinguish the fire. Sprinkler systems are suitable for a wide range of environments, including commercial buildings, warehouses, and residential properties.

Gaseous Suppression Systems

Gaseous suppression systems, such as chemical or Inert gas, suppress by chemical means, which generally is understood as heat absorption or, in the case of Inert gas systems, lower the oxygen content so that most ignition sources cannot sustain themselves. These systems have been proven safe for occupied spaces. Gaseous suppression systems are commonly used in environments where three-dimensional protection is needed, as well as fast response to limit damage and downtime. In applications such as data, servers, telecommunications, archives, and many other types of hazards, that are considered high-valued assets. In most cases, clean agent systems will activate in the incipient stage, which is a much quicker response than the standard fire sprinkler system.

Water Mist Systems

Water mist systems use fine water droplets to extinguish fires. These systems discharge water at high pressure, creating a mist that quickly absorbs heat and displaces oxygen, suppressing the fire. Water mist systems are suitable for various applications, including hospitals, hotels, and historic buildings, where water damage needs to be minimized.

Dry Chemical Systems

Dry chemical systems are effective in suppressing fires involving flammable liquids. The system releases a dry chemical agent, such as potassium bicarbonate or monoammonium phosphate, which chemically reacts with the fire and extinguishes it. Dry chemical systems are commonly found in industrial facilities and laboratories.

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Selecting the appropriate fire suppression system is essential to enhance fire safety in your facility. Sprinkler systems provide widespread coverage and are suitable for many environments, while gaseous suppression systems are ideal for areas where water damage must be avoided. Foam systems are designed for flammable liquid fires, water mist systems minimize water damage, and dry chemical systems are effective for fires involving flammable liquids or electrical equipment.

When considering a fire suppression system, assess the specific needs and risks of your facility, consult with your local Koorsen Fire and Security fire safety professionals, and ensure compliance with local regulations. Remember, the goal is to implement a system that can quickly detect and suppress fires, protecting lives and minimizing property damage. Prioritize fire safety and choose the right fire suppression system to safeguard your facility effectively.

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