Fire sprinkler inside a building.

The Most Common Types of Fire Suppression Systems

Fires can be some of the most destructive events for a home or business. It can rip away photos, keepsakes, and important information that you can never replace. You must protect your home and business fire suppression systems.

 

Amptec Fire & Security is Canada’s leader in fire suppression technology. We put together this guide on the types of fire protection systems available so you can make an informed decision on what right for you. Don’t let fire ruin your commercial business or residential housing. Install a fire protection system and sleep well knowing everything is safe.

 

1. Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems
One of the most common types of fire protection systems uses water to knock out fires. You’ve likely seen sprinkler systems in many businesses and some homes. Water is housed in a reservoir and or connected to water supply.                                                                                            

The system detects the fire and either sprays a water mist or heavier water level to put out the fire. The biggest advantages are it's inexpensive in comparison to other types and easy to replace, but it can also cause serious water damage and should not be used around electronics.                                                                                                                                                       

2. Chemical Foam Suppression Systems
One of the most common places for fires to start is in the kitchen because of a cooking mishap or hot grease. Chemical foam systems are designed for these types of conditions. They are placed under cooking canopies and cause little damage and is easy to use.

It’s more expensive than several other systems and requires pipe-work and fittings made from stainless steel.                                                                                                                                                   

3. Pneumatic Heat Detection Tube
Fire extinguishers are common fire suppression devices, but they are manual use. The pneumatic heat detection tube is an extinguisher with a fire detection system. Once the temperature reaches a certain level, it blows a small hole in the pipe and the extinguisher foam puts out the fire.

This is an inexpensive method and easily installed, but it’s only effective on small fires. It’s also small and easily transported to another location.                                                                                           

4. Pressurized Gas System 
With a pressurized gas system, the gas is kept as a liquid under pressure using liquid nitrogen. When a fire is detected, the system releases the gas and it has a chemical reaction with the fire to extinguish it.

This is ideal for server rooms and other areas with high-end electronics. It’s compact since the gas is under pressure and it doesn’t cause an oxygen reduction. It's an effective firefighting technology.                                                                                                                                                       

5. Foam Deluge Systems
A foam deluge system is used in areas where water suppression isn’t possible such as transformers and oil tanks. When a fire is detected, water mixes with the foam to expand it and puts out the fire.

This is perfect for outside areas, but it does create a large mess that requires clean up.                 

What Suppression System Is Right for You?
Amptec Fire and Security has a wide selection of fire suppression systems for you to choose from. We can find the perfect system that fits your needs and budgets. Don’t risk your business or home with a bargain-basement suppression system.                                                                                

If you’re interested in learning more about suppression systems, call and talk to one of our Amptec Fire and Security Technicians today.

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