Fire sprinkler systems are some of the most common and important fire protection tools in a commercial setting. That being said, in the event they do need to be used – while they’ll protect you from fire, they can cause a lot of collateral damage. Sprinklers can damage carpets, paperwork, electronics, and a whole host of other things in your office.
The good news is there is an alternative form of fire suppression system for that kind of space, and they’re called ‘clean agent fire suppression systems.’ Today, we’re going to discuss a few reasons that these agents are a great choice for your commercial office space. Let’s jump right in!
Zero Water Damage and Residue
Whether you’re trying to protect a server room or museum exhibits full of priceless art and artifacts, traditional fire suppression methods like foams and water – can damage those materials. Clean agent systems use chemicals in a gaseous form that essentially displaces the oxygen around a fire – suffocating it and preventing it from combusting. It quickly and cleanly suppresses and eliminates the fire, protecting many of these important possessions around it.
Many of the chemical-based fire suppression systems use a form of carbon dioxide to tamp out fires. While that’s great for quickly controlling and eliminating a fire, CO2 can be particularly harmful to humans. These systems can’t be used in buildings or places where you have humans on the job. Clean agent systems, conversely, use concentrations that are safe for people and won’t be harmful. That way, you can rest assured that not only are your building and possessions protected from a fire, but your employees are protected as well.
It’s Not Bad For The Environment
Chemicals have many practical and even necessary applications, but there is a downside – and that’s usually that they’re bad for the environment. The great thing about clean agent fire suppression systems is that, well, they’re clean. Hydrofluorocarbons don’t deplete the ozone and are not only safe for the environment but for people as well. These systems also use things like nitrogen and argon, which return to the environment in their natural state once a suppression system is discharged. While safety is always the concern over whether you’re a good global citizen, it is nice to know you don’t have to worry about any adverse effects.
Clean agent fire suppression systems protect your building without harming your employees or your possessions – and do so without putting the environment at risk. If you’re interested in learning more about installing a clean agent suppression system in your office building, give us a call.