Automatic Fire Suppression systems also known as Sprinkler systems are what we use in Australia to protect our buildings and assets.
These systems are designed to fight fire when it starts so they need to be in a state of readiness at all times.
The only way to ensure they are always ready to suppress the fire is regular testing and maintenance.
Fire suppression systems are vital in case of fires, as they tend to reduce the potential damage to your property as well as loss of life risk.
Fire suppression system is a broader term that includes sprinkler systems and gas suppression systems. The choice of the right system starts with an in-depth risk analysis for your building.
We specialise in the design, installation and service as well as maintenance of your fire suppression system, including the fire sprinkler system, gas suppression system & foam system.
Fire Sprinkler Systems
The main goal of fire sprinkler systems is to extinguish and suppress fire in case of an emergency. Fire sprinkler systems are categorised as follows:
- Wet fire sprinkler systems: these are the most popular fire sprinkler systems, designed for office buildings, retail establishments & climate controlled warehouses; as these systems maintain water constantly in the sprinkler piping.
- Dry fire sprinkler systems: these fire sprinkler systems are especially designed for colder environments, to avoid water from freezing in the sprinkler piping, as water is not kept in the piping in this system, until it is activated. This is ideal for building without heating systems, parking garages and loading docks.
- Pre-action fire sprinkler systems: this system is used in situations where an accidental activation of the system would lead to an unacceptable outcome, as the inclusions of the premises could be of very high value or irreplaceable nature, making it an ideal fire sprinkler system for museums, data centres and libraries. It combines all other fire sprinkler system (wet, dry & deluge) by employing a double interlock system which requires the activation of both: a fire detector and also a sprinkler at the same time, in order for water to be dispersed. Unless activated, this system functions the same way as a dry system (filled with air). Upon activation of a fire detector, this system turns into a wet fire sprinkler in function, through a pre-action valve that opens to allow water flow into the piping. When a closed sprinkler is activated at the same time, it allows the water to be dispersed simultaneously through all sprinklers over the protected area, which is similar to a deluge system. If the activation of both the detector and sprinkler does not occur at the same time, water will not be applied to the protected area.
- Deluge fire sprinkler systems: this fire sprinkler system is the most common choice for special hazard areas like fuel loading racks where rapid fire spread could lead to a huge damage. This system features open sprinkler heads that discharge water simultaneously over the entire hazard once a smoke detection device has been activated.
Gas Suppression Systems
A common fire suppression system chosen for highly volatile & critical areas that might contain sensitive equipment that could be damaged by water equally as it could be by fire, as in data storage centres, computer rooms, gas turbine enclosures, flammable liquid storage, power generation plans and financial institutions. These could feature different types of gases, the most common being Novec 1230, Argonite, Proinert, Co2 and FM200.
- Clean Agent Suppression Systems (FM200, NOVEC 1230, Argonite, Proinert): this fire suppression system protects assets without harming people or the environment. It is safe to breathe and once discharged, extinguish the fire rapidly leaving little to no residue, which is perfect for businesses to avoid their downtime.
- Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Suppression Systems: this fire suppression system is safe to the environment, but is not recommended for occupied areas for the risk of asphyxia, as it extinguishes fire by removing the oxygen. CO2 suppression systems are exceptionally effective for many industrial hazards (chemical storage areas, electric generating plants, transformer rooms, turbines,…