One of the primary reasons that you invested in a fire alarm system was to ensure that your employees could exit the building if a fire should break out. A second reason was to contain a fire and minimize the amount of damage done to furnishings, company records, and electronic equipment. The right approach to fire safety and suppression will accomplish these goals and more. Here are three must haves that need to be part of your overall plan for automatic fire suppression.
Water and Controlling Fires
With many types of fires, the ability to access a water source and use it to contain or put out the flames is a must. The easiest way to ensure this type of resource is on hand is to install an overhead sprinkler system that activates when excessive heat or smoke is present in the room. Considered one of the most basis types of fire suppression systems. This solution is relative easy to install, requires little maintenance, and is capable of controlling most types of office fires.
The Use of Inert Gases
Not every area of your business operation would be served well by using water to put out a fire. This is especially true in areas where there's a lot of electronic equipment. A better solution is to install a system that will release
inert gases into the space at the first sign of trouble.
As a professional will tell you, there is more than one type of gaseous option to consider. Based on the type of electronic equipment you house in certain areas of the office, one solution may be better than the other. Whatever you choose, the the gas will help to minimize the oxygen content and effectively starve the flames. That paves the way for containing the fire, minimizing damage to the equipment, and providing more time for employees to get out of the office.
Don't Overlook the Use of Condensed Aerosol
This approach is considered to be a dry chemical approach to dealing with fires. Using the right type of deployment, the dry particles in the aerosol tend to fan out. This makes it possible to install nozzles that automatically deploy the product rather than someone having to aim a device directly at the main body of the fire. Some of the advantages include the wide dispersal, the ability to kill the flames, and the fact that the aerosol leaves little in the way of residue.
Finding the right blend of fire suppression strategies is not as difficult as you may think. Contact a local company and arrange for an expert to visit your place of business. After an inspection, discuss the different approaches and what each one would offer in the way of benefits and potential drawbacks. With a little time and effort, it's possible to settle on a combination of solutions that provide maximum safety, comply with all local regulations, and will provide the best possible support if a fire should break out.