Halon 1211 and 1301 are both exceptional fire suppression agents due to their ability to quickly suppress fires without leaving any residue; they have been primarily used in areas where water or other chemicals may damage valuable materials such as in museums, data centers, or other electronic equipment.
Although effective fire suppression agents, Halon 1211 and 1301 are no longer manufactured or used in nearly any fire suppression systems. Both gasses, along with other chlorofluorocarbons, have been discontinued since January 1, 1994 due to their depletion of the Ozone layer.
Halon 1301 poses mild toxicity to humans: people who have been exposed to Halon 1301 at high concentrations have suffered from lightheadedness, dizziness, difficulty breathing, drowsiness, nausea, confusion, and loss of consciousness.
Halon 1211 is much more toxic to humans at low concentrations than 1301. Some of the health effects of Halon 1211 include coughing, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath, unconsciousness, and death. If you or anyone is exposed to Halon 1211, get to fresh air immediately.
Since the banning of Halon 1211 and 1301, there have been several alternatives developed that are suitable replacements. Vaporizing pressurized fluid systems FM-200 or Novec 1230 are great replacements to Halon gas, as they are a “total flooding system", do not use water, and can be used with sensitive electronics or valuable materials.
Inert natural gas systems utilize the inert gasses in our atmosphere, such as nitrogen and/or argon. These systems will suppress the fire by reducing the concentration of oxygen within the enclosed area, which will prevent the fire from continuing to combust.
Dismantling and recycling an outdated Halon system must be carried out with extreme care in order to prevent any releases of the gas. It is required in Canada that work on a halon system be performed to the standard of “The Servicing of Halon and Clean Agent Extinguishing Systems". Halon must also be disposed of properly, which means that any halon recovered by a technician must abide by Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) standards.
Our team at Control Fire Systems has the training, knowledge, and ability to reclaim and recycle halon fire suppression systems that are no longer in use. We are able to store and transport the outdated system in accordance with all applicable codes.
We at Control Fire Systems are able to replace old or unwanted fire systems with more modern alternatives, as well as maintain that system through its lifetime. Control Fire Systems is the only Canadian station that is ULC listed for both first-fill and recharge services and you can come to us for all of your fire suppression filling or refilling needs.
We have a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of fire suppression, from the initial evaluation, to product servicing and final installation. We are your one-stop-shop for all your fire suppression system needs and questions. If you are considering replacing, upgrading, or servicing your fire suppression system, don't hesitate to contact us today for the support you need.