Many fire suppression systems often end up ruining the very objects and properties that they are used to protect. A clean agent fire suppression system isn’t one of them. A clean agent fire suppression system is an innovative approach to fire protection that protects people and assets that are crucial to any facility or building. This system is waterless and puts off fire immediately without leaving behind oily residue or water that can further damage the assets.
According to NFPA 2001 Standards for clean agent fire suppression system, the term “clean agent” means electrically non-conductive, volatile, or gaseous fire extinguishant that does not leave a residue on evaporation. Clean agent fire suppression systems are available in three variants – argonite, FM-200, and Novec 1230 fire suppression system.
Argonite or INERGEN system: INERGEN fire suppression system uses inert and other gases such as nitrogen, argon, and carbon dioxide to reduce the oxygen level around a fire and suppress it.
FM-200 system: This fire suppression system uses FM-200 which comprises hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). While FM-200 does displace the oxygen around a fire, it’s primary extinguishing capabilities is through heat absorption.
Novec 1230 system: The Novec 1230 fire suppression system uses a liquid called Novec 1230. Unlike FM-200 which suppresses fires through cooling, Novec 1230 suppresses fires by displacing the oxygen around the fire.
Let us now look at some advantages of these clean agent fire suppression systems.
One of the best benefits of all three types of clean suppression systems is that they don’t deplete the ozone, have a short atmospheric lifetime and don’t hurt the environment in any way. FM-200 and Novec 1230 have zero ozone depletion (ODP) and are stored as liquids that vaporize upon discharge. INGERGEN elements once discharged, return to the atmosphere in their natural states.
The inert gases used in argonite systems or FM-200 or Novec 1230 liquids, all of them are safe for humans and even animals. They are safe to use where people are present, which means that this type of suppression system can be installed in both occupied and unoccupied rooms.
Quick Fire Deployment
Clean agents put off the fire within 10 seconds by cutting the oxygen supply to the fire. It will diffuse the fire quickly and also minimize the amount of soot and smoke that fills a room during a fire.
Clean and Effective
The liquids or gaseous agents used in these systems are rapidly discharged from the cylinders they are stored in. They evaporate instantly after putting off the fire, without leaving behind any residue to clean. Unlike wet chemical suppression systems, you don’t have to spend time cleaning the residue. This also minimizes the downtime to clean the residue and resume the functioning of your building.
With complete safety, no residue, and less downtime, clean agent fire suppression systems are ideal for IT and computer companies, data centers, oil and gas industry, hospitals, museums, laboratories, manufacturing plants, and other facilities involving artwork, documents, and hardware. If you wish to secure your facility or building with these clean agent fire suppression system, you can give a call to our fire suppression experts and get your quote.