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Looking at Dry Chemical-Based Fire Suppression

Looking at Dry Chemical-Based Fire Suppression

There are various types of fire suppression systems.

There are various types of fire suppression systems.  Some are water-based; others have gaseous agents or inert gases and others use wet or dry chemicals to extinguish fires.  The type of system depends on the application and the fire protection needs of the area. Many of these are used in specialty applications such as data centers, generator rooms, and industrial spaces.  There are two types of fire suppressions systems available to more commonly found businesses such as paint booths in auto body shops and kitchens in restaurants. Depending on the kind of company you run, you will either need a wet fire suppression system or one that uses dry chemicals. Here is a closer look at dry chemical-based fire suppression that is typically found protecting things such as paint booths and manufacturing applications.

More Information About These Systems

Dry chemical-based fire suppressions systems are much simpler than one would think. They use a Class ABC chemical to deal with any fires that rate in those categories – Class BC dry chemicals work best against Class B or Class C fires in your building. These are the three most common types of fires that can happen, and protecting your employees, structure, and assets require their use. Class A fires involve flammable substances such as wood, paper, and cloth. Class B fires involve flammable liquids. Finally, class C fires involve electrical fires.

How They Work

Dry chemical-based fire suppression systems will not conduct electricity. This attribute helps prevent electrical fires or static electricity build up causing an accidental fire. Depending on the severity of the flames, the system can activate in total flood mode, which means that the chemicals cover the room or corridor where the blaze is raging. However, dry chemical-based fire suppression can be used in other ways as well. It is possible to coat machinery with the chemicals and help stop the fire before it even starts.

Where to Find Them

There are several different places where fire suppression systems are useful and even necessary. They can be established in paint booths since paint is especially flammable. Buildings and other facilities that store hazardous waste can also make use of these systems, depending on the type of waste that they contain. Any facility that handles or refines highly flammable liquids, such as gasoline, must also have these systems established. These systems are also commonly found in manufacturing plants and sites based around a heavy industry.

When They Are Useful

Fire protection is essential for all types of buildings, no matter what those buildings are being used for; different types of fires call for different methods of fire protection, so whenever a fire should happen in areas where water is inadvisable, such as in a data center, everything inside can still be kept safe.

Fire Protection Services from Fireline

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