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Protecting Your Commercial Building:

There are some great ways to protect a commercial building from harm, and one of those is reducing the risk of fire. To do that, the building needs a good fire suppression system. There are several different types, and understanding more about them can help make it easier to choose which one will be the best option. They all have their pros and cons, like anything else, so a building owner will want to take a look at them and choose the one that is going to provide the highest level of benefit. Here are the common types to choose from.

Water as a Suppression System

The most common suppression system is water, for a number of reasons. It is easy to get, cost effective, and valuable as a resource that will suppress most fires quickly and efficiently. It is also generally a safe option because it causes less damage than chemicals if it happens that the system springs a leak or the water ends up in places where it was not intended. The best way to use water for suppressing fires is through a sprinkler system, which can be automatic or manual.

The manual systems need to be activated by a person, while the automatic systems can be connected to a heat sensor, smoke alarm, or some other method of determining that a fire may be in progress. In short, water works well in most cases, and it is safe, easy to use, and less expensive. But there may be times where water does not work as well, and in those times it is important to have other options.

Choosing Inert Gases for Fire Suppression

Inert gases are those that are basically safe and non- flammable. They work by cutting off the oxygen supply to the fire. Since fires need oxygen to burn, the lack of oxygen in the air around the fire effectively suppresses that fire. There can be some danger to the release of inert gas, but when it is used the right way it is extremely safe and very effective. If water will cause a lot of damage in a particular area, such as a location full of electrical equipment, computers, or other sensitive items, inert gases can be the better choice.

A Chemical Agent Can Suppress Fires

Chemical agents , which can be either wet or dry, are also used in suppressing fires. Potassium carbonate is the most commonly used option for a wet chemical, but is not the only one. However, it is used because of its safety. It can also be used in baking, winemaking, and more, so it is a very safe choice for chemical fire suppression. Fire extinguishers generally use this chemical, and any company that is looking for a way to make fire suppression as safe as possible may want to look at this option as one of the choices for their commercial buildings.

Which Option is the Right One for a Particular Building? 

Finding the right option matters. In order to do that, the three common types of fire suppression have to be compared. Water is used most often and generally works well, but inert gas is a better choice for electronics and other sensitive equipment that could be damaged or destroyed if it gets wet. Potassium carbonate as a chemical agent is extremely safe, but it can cost more than water or inert gas, and may not always provide the protection needed. Inert gases are very safe when used properly, but can also post some risks.

With all of that in mind, the bottom line is that all three of these options are good ones depending on the location. They are very safe and effective, so commercial building owners should choose the one they feel best about based on the kind of industry they will have in their building.


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