How Does a Clean Agent Fire Suppression System Work?

December 7, 2018 7:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What safety threat are all businesses susceptible to, regardless of security, location, capital and other resources? The answer is fire. In 2017, an estimated $23 billion in property damage occurred due to fires. What you may be surprised to know, however, is that all that damage was not caused by the flames of an out of control fire. Unfortunately, water damage caused by sprinkler systems is also to blame. In fact, in some cases, the water damage is often more extensive than the damage cause by the actual fire.

So what is a business owner to do? The answer is to utilize a clean agent fire suppression system. At Anchor Safety Inc., we specialize in the installation of clean agent fire suppression systems in Longview, TX. People are always coming to us asking what they do and how they work, so today we are going to answer those questions.

What is it?

Despite the fact that clean agent fire suppression systems have been around since 2001, when they were first approved by the National Fire Protection Association, these systems are still new to most people.

Most fire suppressants are either water or contain many oily chemicals, which are both highly damaging to most surfaces and difficult to clean up. A clean agent fire suppression system doesn’t use either of these agents; it is waterless and oil-free. Clean agent fire suppression systems use gas or a mixture of gases that reduce the oxygen in the air. By removing the oxygen from the air, the fire quickly dies out.

How does it work?

Clean agent fire suppression systems typically use CO2, or carbon dioxide. The suppression system applies a heavy blanket of the CO2 gas over the area where the fire is located. Carbon dioxide molecules are heavier than oxygen molecules, so the CO2 gas quickly forces the oxygen out of the space. Here are a few added benefits of clean agent fire suppressant systems:

  • CO2 gas requires no special clean up and does not cause damage like water or other oil-based fire suppressants.
  • Clean agent fire suppressant systems also help reduce smoke damage. Because of the manner in which the fire is extinguished, smoke is not a by-product of putting the fire out.
  • These systems are also safe for use in occupied rooms, which means the system can quickly put out fires and protect your employees.

Is it safe?

Clean agent fire suppressant systems are perfectly safe. The CO2 tank is placed away from the building, so there is no risk of it being affected by the fire. Then, a series of pipes is expertly installed throughout the space, along with smoke detectors and other sensors. These sensors not only identify fires early on, but they also ensure that the CO2 is only released into rooms that need protection.

These systems are the future of fire protection and will save your business money and, more importantly, lives. If you are interested in installing clean agent fire suppression systems in Longview, TX, call Anchor Safety Inc. today to schedule a consultation!

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