According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a clean agent is an electrically non-conducting, volatile, or gaseous fire extinguishant that does not leave a residue upon evaporation. A clean agent fire suppression system uses either a chemical or inert gas to suppress a fire at the inception stage before it can grow and is incredibly effective in extinguishing Class A, B, and C fires.
The fire suppression agent, Halon is still in use today; however, there is no new production of Halons. While Halon is considered a clean agent by The National Fire Protection Association because it’s electrically non-conducting and does not leave a residue, Halon has an extremely high potential for ozone depletion and contributes to global warming potential. On January 1, 1994, Halon production ceases in compliance with the Montreal Protocol and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The use of Halons has been reducing over the years, but there is still demand for it for specific applications.
Data center fire protection has been evolving over the years to keep up to date with new technologies and fire protection regulations. While fire risks are low for the data centers, they have specific industry challenges. Protecting valuable equipment, minimizing downtime, and business continuity are top priorities for data centers. If a fire occurs, the results could be devastating. Learn several ways you can protect your data center.
Businesses looking to safeguard critical equipment and assets from fire need to understand the basics of a fire suppression system. Automatic fire suppression systems can detect and suppress fires in as little as 10 seconds. Watch the slow-motion video of a system detecting and suppressing a fire that ignited in an electrical server rack.
A fire suppression system’s job is to detect and suppress a fire. With a variety of fire suppression systems available, the system selected should be based on a number of factors including the application and the type of fire hazard.
Understanding your fire hazards, the type of equipment or area the system will protect, and what type of suppression agent is best suited for your application are key factors for designing and installing a fire suppression system to meet your unique needs.
Arc flashes can happen anywhere there is electrical current flowing and are the leading cause of fires in electrical panels. While not all electrical arc faults can be prevented, electrical panels can be protected from fire with automatic fire suppression to minimize damage and downtime.
With fires occurring in structures every 63 seconds in the U.S., it is important to understand your fire risks. For businesses with a higher risk of fire, it is crucial to determine the best fire suppression system to minimize risk, protect critical equipment, and keep employees safe.
As we celebrate Earth Day, you may be wondering about the environmental and health impacts of the various chemical suppression agents used in automatic fire suppression systems. Clean agents provide a range of benefits while protecting your critical assets.
When you think of electrical panels, does your mind conjure images of that big metal box somewhere in your house with the on/off switches to your lighting and appliances? Do you have expert knowledge in electrical panels? Either way, keep reading to learn electrical panel lingo and gain an understanding of the main types of electrical panels and enclosures.