Fire suppression equipment is used to suppress or prevent the spread of fires with water or chemical agents, making it an integral part of any building. With a variety of fire suppression systems available, it can be difficult to choose which type is right for the needs of your building. The fire and safety team at Yukon Fire Protection Services, located in Anchorage, AK, explain how two commonly used types of fire suppression equipment work.
Fire sprinklers are commonly used in fire suppression systems, able to quickly and reliably extinguish a building fire. Sprinkler systems are most frequently used in large buildings, although they are available for home and apartments as well. In a standard wet-pipe sprinkler system, a sprinkler activates when the ambient temperature reaches a certain temperature indicative of a fire. Only sprinklers located near the fire are activated, which maximizes the water pressure used to extinguish the fire while causing minimal damage to the structure of the building.
Clean agent fire suppression equipment offers waterless, gas-based fire protection when sprinkler systems do not provide a good option. Clean agent systems use a gaseous agent, such as FM-200 or CO2, to put out a fire. Cylinders containing the agent are connected to areas in your building and nozzles are located in potential fire areas. When the system detects heat or smoke, the clean agent gas is deployed to put out the fire. These types of waterless systems are ideal for areas containing sensitive equipment which can be damaged by the liquid in a fire sprinkler system.
The fire and safety professionals at Yukon Fire Protection Services have over 30 years of experience installing and maintaining fire protection systems. Give them a call at (907) 563-3608 to speak to a member of their team, or visit them online to learn more about their fire alarm systems.