Fire fighting, whilst important, is not the paramount activity when a fire is discovered. In the event that a fire does break out the most important step is to ensure that all the occupants of the building have got out safely and are all accounted for.
In the event that the fire is small and contained then properly trained staff maybe able to tackle it with portable extinguishers. Should the fire break out within an area that is very high value, such as a computer room, or high risk, such as a kitchen, then it might be necessary to have automatic extinguishing systems already in place to deal with such an eventuality.
Combat Fire supplies and installs a wide range of systems that can be employed for fire fighting and, like all of our services, we offer a free survey and quotation.
There are many types of agent used in fire fighting; here is a brief description of some of the more common types:
FM 200 ® extinguishing agent is a clean gas widely accepted as a substitute to Halon. FM 200, or heptafluoropropane (CF3CHFCF3), is suitable for the protection of most hazards where Halon 1301 had to be applied in the past. Because FM 200 is not electrically conductive, (and is odourless and colourless) it is effective in the protection of electrical hazards, such as computer rooms.
- Natural gas present in the atmosphere
- Design in compliance with ISO 14520, NFPA 2001 and CEA 4008
- Suitable for occupied areas
- Electrically non – conductive
- No residue to clean up after the discharge
- More economical and less storage space
- Zero Ozone Depletion Potential
- No greenhouse effect
- No decomposition products
Water Mist FTL systems extinguish fires by the rapid cooling of surface areas and the reduction of oxygen at the flame front.
As water expands around 1700 times in the phase transition from water to steam the amount of oxygen available for combustion is diluted to a level where the fire is extinguished right at the flame front. As the speed of heat absorption is a function of surface area and not volume, the small water mist droplets represent a large combined surface area and provide rapid heat absorption.
Additionally, water vapour will attenuate radiation to limit the propagation of fire to other areas while at the same time diminishing the overall heat radiation throughout the room.
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Cooker Hood Suppression
It is not just the manufacturing areas that are at risk; the social aspect of the staff kitchen can be a grave risk also. Indeed, anywhere there is oil, grease or fat is a potential fire hazard.
The K-Series fire protection systems are fully engineered and, as such, are designed to meet the individual requirements of the kitchen facility being protected. Every system takes account of not only the direct fire protection needs presented by the cooking appliances but also the canopy, plenum, filtration and the extract system.
The aim is to apply an ultra efficient application of fire suppression medium to any appliance and area that contains cooking oils, grease or residual animal fats. This extinguishes the initial fire and prevents propagation of the fire to other areas or equipment.
The Combat Fire concept is simple. We will provide:
- A tailored protection package
- The greatest protection possible
- Seamless integration
- Flexibility of protection
- Reliability and control
- Clean and hygienic components
- Longevity and serviceability
- Real value for money
- Potential insurance savings