One of the most important decisions you make as a business owner is how to protect it from the damaging effects of fire. Fire suppression systems are an alternative to sprinkler systems and appropriate for many commercial applications.
What is a Fire Suppression System?
A fire suppression system is a system of interconnected units that are built to extinguish fires through the discharge of a substance. The systems are most commonly connected to and triggered by smoke, heat, and fire detection devices. Fire suppression systems are also connected to an alarm that alerts occupants and initiates further action.
Types of Fire Suppression Systems
There are many types of suppression systems on the market. Each has different advantages or factors that may make one system over another more ideal for protecting your facility, and most importantly, its occupants.
Chemical Clean Agent
Chemical Clean Agents use fast-acting and people-safe chemicals to suppress fire. These are often used in applications where there are delicate or irreplaceable items such as computers, artwork, and archives that would be destroyed by water applications.
Inert Gas fire suppression is a process where inert gas is used to starve the fire of oxygen, snuffing it out. The gases used include nitrogen, argon, and CO2, or a combination of two or more. These gaseous agents are safe for both people and the environment.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Systems
Suppression systems using CO2 blanket the area with CO2 gas which reduces the oxygen level to a point where combustion cannot occur. This application is not safe for people and is only recommended for localized applications or areas generally inaccessible by employees or customers.
Different Businesses Have Different Needs
It is important to speak with knowledgeable and reputable commercial fire system specialists when making your decisions. Not every system is fit for every business, and the wrong application can cause even more damage than the actual fire. No matter the potential hazards you face, InterMountain Systems can tailor a commercial fire suppression system to meet your needs. For more information about our solutions, call us today! (970) 827-9120