When you run a business, one of your first concerns is protecting company property and the people who work for you. Losses of company property and employee injuries or fatalities can result in a business closure. For businesses that use large vehicles, one of the best ways to protect people and property is to make sure vehicle suppression systems are installed on every vehicle that belongs to the company.
What Are Vehicle Suppression Systems?
Vehicle suppression systems are fire suppression systems that are installed inside engine compartments or other areas of the vehicle that are a fire risk. These systems are typically installed on large vehicles, such as buses, large construction vehicles, mining equipment, and paratransit vehicles. To detect a fire and initiate the suppression system, these systems use spot-type heat detectors, flame detectors or linear detection tubing.
Are There Different Types?
There are three different types of vehicle suppression systems—dry, wet, and dual agent. Dry systems work by depriving the fire of oxygen, while wet systems work by cooling the fire. Dual agent systems combine wet and dry chemical agents for a more effective fire suppression action.
Why Should Your Business Have Them?
There are two main reasons you should invest in vehicle suppression systems if you run a business that uses large vehicles.
The first reason is to protect your investment. Large, specialized vehicles are expensive, which means replacing just one can cause a major financial burden. A significant vehicle fire on a construction project will halt work as you mitigate the incident and investigate the cause. This type of business interruption is not good for your bottom line.
The second reason is to protect your employees. When a vehicle fire occurs, a life safety incident is possible. If there is no effective way to extinguish the fire, the vehicle operator will be in danger. Vehicle suppression systems give the operator precious time to escape from the vehicle and get to a safe distance while the suppression systems work.
If you’re interested in having vehicle suppression systems installed, speak to a Fireline professional. They can help you determine the best application for your needs.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.