Fire Suppression

Advanced Safety Systems Integrators is committed to doing our part to protect the environment. By using clean agent suppression systems, we can better protect lives and property while reducing our carbon footprint. These suppression systems support a cleaner environment by reducing water waste and eliminating the use of ozone depleting agents.

It is a common misconception that clean agents deplete oxygen levels in a hazard. However, the clean agent chemicals remove heat from the combustion source, not oxygen. Further, this only applies to the clean agents. The inert systems do suppress the fire through the reduction of the oxygen concentration, although not to as dangerous a level as CO2.

Inert Agents ›

Natura

IG-100  – Pure Nitrogen

IG-100 uses Nitrogen for a clean, safe suppression agent. It reduces the oxygen concentration while leaving enough oxygen to support people in occupied areas. This keeps them safe by providing oxygen, but also by the absence of harmful chemicals.  The system operates by total flooding of the room, ensuring discharge in less than 1 minute with the safety conditions mentioned above.

IG-55 – Mixture of 50% nitrogen and 50% Argon

IG-55 is one of the most popular fire extinguishing systems because of its efficiency in extinguishing fire. It is also safe for occupied spaces leaving safe oxygen levels and requiring no chemicals. The 50-50 mixture of Argon and Nitrogen allows the perfect distribution of the agent in the room for effective extinguishment. The system operates by total flooding of the room, ensuring complete discharge in less than 1 minute.

Common Applications:

  • Archives
  • Educational facilities
  • Data centers
  • Offshore platforms
  • Machinery spaces
  • Generators
  • Power plants
  • Telecommunication centers

Benefits:

  • Safe of occupied spaces
  • Electrically non-conductive
  • Zero ozone depletion
  • No greenhouse effect
  • Good post-discharge visibility

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Clean Agents ›

FM-200

FM-200 is a fast-acting clean agent comprised of heptafluoropropane, which is a compound of carbon, fluorine and hydrogen. This agent is a part of a total flood system and reaches extinguishing levels in 10 seconds or less, which translates to less damage, reduction of safety risk to occupants, and less downtime.

Common Applications:

  • Mission-critical facilities
  • Data centers
  • Communications rooms
  • Medical facilities
  • Archives
  • Media storage
  • Historical collections

Benefits:

  • Safe for occupied space
  • Eco-friendly Halon replacement
  • Zero ozone depletion
  • Effective
  • Efficient

Novec 1230

Novec 1230, a clean agent, is a fluoroketone comprised of dodecafluro-2-methylpentan-3-one compound of carbon, fluorine and oxygen. It is stored in liquid form in cylinders and is colorless and low odor. It is engineered to quickly extinguish fire without causing harm to people or the environment. A part of a total flood system, the fluid vaporizes upon discharge, absorbing heat to suppress fire. It is ideal for spaces that house electronic equipment that cannot be shut down in emergencies.

Common Applications:

  • Server rooms
  • Data storage
  • Archives
  • Telecommunication systems
  • Flammable liquid storage
  • Media storage
  • Historical collections

Benefits:

  • Non-conductive
  • Zero ozone depletion
  • Safe for people
  • Requires minimal storage
  • Colorless
  • Odorless

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High Pressure CO2 ›

High pressure CO2 fire suppression systems are highly effective at extinguishing Class A, B and C fires. They can be used in total flooding or for local applications. In total flooding applications, a hazard’s enclosure is completely filled with enough carbon dioxide to prevent combustion. For local application, it can be used to focus suppression on a single component or piece of equipment. CO2 is the only gaseous agent that can be used in these two ways. CO2 is perfect for normally unoccupied spaces, but it can, if other options are not available, also be used in normally occupied spaces as well. Personnel can work alongside a CO2 system as long as the appropriate safety measures have been taken according to the NFPA, and the system has been installed correctly.

Common Applications:

  • Engine rooms
  • Power stations
  • Industrial machine spaces

Benefits:

  • Effective
  • Fast-acting – penetrates all areas in seconds
  • No cleanup
  • Little to no downtime

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Halon ›

Halon was once considered the best choice of fire suppressing agents. When it was discovered that once discharged, Halon could significantly damage the ozone layer that protects us from damaging UV-B radiation, the production of Halon was discontinued in 1994. There are no cost-effective means of safely disposing of it, so guidelines recommend recycling and reusing existing Halon supplies. The EPA is responsible for testing agents for human exposure, ozone depletion, global warming potential and atmospheric lifetime. The result of this testing is that today, we have a variety of alternatives to Halon that are clean agents and produce no or low human and environmental impact.

Clean agent alternatives to Halon: