Fire Detection and Suppression
No matter the size or type of building, fire detection and fire suppression are extremely important. Even if you are insured against fire and subsequent loss, your insurance company may compensate for loss of equipment and building structure, but nothing can restore the loss of precious lives.
The purpose and benefits
The purpose of a Fire Alarm System is to gain immediate knowledge of a fire and to then minimise damage to the property. Of course safety of all occupants within a building is of the utmost importance
There are numerous Benefits to having a Fire Detection and/or Fire Suppression system installed in a building. Below are the obvious and hidden costs of a fire, which indicates the importance of installing this extremely important system.
Obvious Costs of Fire
- Equipment loss
- Product/Stock loss
Hidden Costs of Fire
- Cost of downtime
- Damage to customer relationships
- Productivity/efficiency loss
- Loss of competitive advantage
- Employee absenteeism
- Clean up
- Damage to public image
- Medical costs
- Regulatory requirements
- Breach of contractual warranties
The advantage of time is the ability to prevent unnecessary loss and minimise interruptions of business continuity.
An automatic fire detection and alarm system generally provides a network of manual call points, fire sensors and alarm warning devices over the area covered. It allows one to constantly monitor the building and warn if a fire breaks out, or is suspected.
- Analogue Addressable
- Specialized Fire Detection.
Types of Fire Detection on offer include:
When a fire disrupts your business operations, it causes substantial and unnecessary financial loss. The use of most common fire fighting extinguishment such as water, foam or dry chemical can cause greater financial loss than the fire.
Often downtime outweighs the loss of equipment and structure, hence the importance of selecting the correct suppression systems.
Applications for Detection and Suppression
- Server Rooms / Data Centre’s
- Commercial Buildings Warehousing / Cold Storage
- Hotels / Entertainment Venues
- Shopping Centre’s
- Education Healthcare
Types of Fire Suppression on offer include:
Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fire Suppression
Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fire Suppression gas has a high ratio of expansion which facilitates rapid discharge and allows for three dimensional penetration of the entire hazard area quickly. Carbon Dioxide extinguishes a fire by reducing the oxygen content of the protected area below the point where it can support combustion. Carbon Dioxide has no residual clean-up associated with its use as a fire suppressing agent. When it is properly ventilated, the gas escapes to the atmosphere after the fire has been extinguished. CO2 has been effectively applied to protect areas such as transformer rooms, archives, electrical hazards, record stores and computer rooms. However, this should only be installed in unoccupied areas.
FM-200 Fire Suppression
FM-200 Fire Suppression agent doesn’t leave behind any oily residues, particulates, water, or corrosive materials, and hence does not cause collateral damage to valuable property, sensitive electronics, or whatever you need to protect. FM-200 does not deplete stratospheric ozone, and has a minimal impact on the environment, especially when compared to the impact of a minor fire. FM-200 Systems reach extinguishing levels in 10 seconds or less, stopping ordinary combustible, electrical and flammable liquid fires, before they cause significant damage. When fire is extinguished this quickly, it means less damage, lower repair costs, and extra margin of safety for people. It also means less downtime and disruption of business.