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Fire Extinguishing Systems
We are a pure fire detection and fire extinguishing specialist protecting your high value assets and critical processes. We provide you with fully integrated fire suppression and fire extinguishing systems ensuring no issues left for you to sort out. From initial discussions and budgets through to completion and demonstration we can handle it all for you.
Active fire protection can be used to protect many different areas and equipment but is not limited to the following:
Why do you need a Fire Extinguishing System?
Most commercial buildings now have a fire detection system to protect the occupants and the building, but is just detecting the fire enough?
The problem with having just detection is that although you know you have a fire (the fire alarm sounders or bells are ringing) there is no way to safely suppress the fire yourself and that’s if you are there. The Fire Service will put it out when called but the smoke damage occurring before they arrive and the water damage after can be quite significant.
Fire extinguishing systems & automatic extinguishing systems are used to reduce the level of damage and downtime by automatically suppressing the fire ready for the Fire Service to get there and ensure it is out and safe to return. This ensures that your critical processes within your business such as the server or communications room or manufacturing process etc are up and running again in the minimum time. The ultimate success of the extinguishing system is that your customers didn’t even know you had a fire.
The operation of the fire extinguihsing system in a fire situation can greatly reduce in most cases the level of damage and with some cases very little loss of production and downtime. Leaving you to replace a small PCB or piece of equipment that caused the fire, rather than all the equipment within the room.
How do we protect your business?
Once a fire has been detected, we use one of the many suppression agents such as Inert gas (IG55) and INERGEN® Clean Chemical Agents (FE-227, FM200 or Novec 1230), CO2, Wet Chemical Agents (Kitchen Knight II and Kitchen Mister) or Dry Powder to suppress the fire by removing one of the three elements of the fire triangle.
We can reduce or remove the oxygen, cool the fire or in some cases both cool and remove the oxygen. Our decision to use different extinguishing agents will depend upon the type of materials present i.e. class B fires such as flammable liquids, each liquid is chemically different therefore there may only be one agent that can be used.
Other additional requirements are:
All these will be taken into account during our discussions and meetings with you, some are simple and straight forward some require a little more thought but we like a challenge.
How do you know the fire extinguishing system will work?
All our systems are designed around the various UK or European standards. But where a UK or European standard does not exist e.g. Restaurant Kitchen, we use an international standard which in this case would be the US standard NFPA.
It is crucial that where we can only prove a system works in theory that we use these standards. They are continually updated to take into account the changing world we live in through the experience of fires, live tests, and demonstrations. These ensure that very rigorous testing has taken place with large error factors built in to ensure that the risk is reduced at an absolute minimum.
We can where required carry out discharge tests to prove the system, but in most cases this is not necessary, usually this is at the request of an insurer or a US client.
All our suppression agents unless stated will have been tested by 3rd party independent testing organisations such as LPCB or UL to confirm they operate properly.
Because we specialise in fire detection and suppression we can focus on what’s important to you helping you reduce the risk to your business, your clients and staff.
Contact us now to discuss your situation.