Automatic Fire Suppression & Sprinklers

Automatic Fire Suppression / Extinguishing Systems

Just as there are a multitude of fire detection systems and mediums there are similarly an enormous number and type of fire suppression systems.

As with the creation of a fire being reliant upon the coming together of the three elements of a fire, fuel / heat and air an effective method of extinguishing a fire is the dramatic reduction or removal of one of these elements.

  • Remove the fuel and the fire will extinguish – shut off the fuel supply.
  • Remove the heat and the fire will extinguish – cool the fire.
  • Remove the oxygen (air) and the fire will extinguish – smother the fire.

The various forms of fire suppression systems available utilise this principle of extinguishing a fire in one form or another. The fire suppression systems available include but are not limited to;

  • Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems
  • Water Mist Fire Suppression
  • Water And Foam Deluge Systems
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Dry Chemical Powder Suppression Systems
  • Wet Chemical Fire Suppression Systems
  • Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Systems etc.

There are a large number of various forms of gaseous fire suppression system ranging from

  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
  • FM200
  • Novec 1230
  • Inert Gas etc.

For clarification of any of the comments made or should you have any questions regarding the application, design, supply installation or maintenance of any of this equipment or systems please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sprinkler Systems

Automatic fire sprinkler systems are the most critical form of active fire protection that you can have fitted to your building. The type of automatic fire sprinkler system that you require depends on your building classification and your type of occupancy.

It is a fallacy that when one fire sprinkler activates the entire buildings fire sprinkler system activates. This is a special effect used in movies and does not apply to conventional fire sprinkler systems.

Only one fire sprinkler will discharge (the one exposed to the source of heat that activated the fire sprinkler head). Should the fire sprinkler be unable to contain the spread of fire, another fire sprinkler head will activate if exposed to heat and so on until the fire is contained. In reality a substantial fire is able to be contained by the activation of no more 2 or 3 fire sprinkler heads.

Most fire sprinkler systems are designed to allow for the discharge of a maximum six fire sprinkler heads at any one time.
The discharge of six sprinkler heads will require a substantial amount of water and depending upon the water supply available, tanks and pumps may be required.

Automatic fire sprinkler systems will provide fully automatic fire protection of your property day or night however these systems do require specialised maintenance and should be inspected and tested weekly.

Automatic fire sprinkler systems are activated by the presence of fire so they do not provide an early response to fire. It is possible for a fire sprinkler system (water deluge) to be activated by a great variety of automatic fire detection systems ranging from aspirated smoke detection systems such as Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) to flame detection such as combination UV / IR detectors. These types of systems provide a very rapid response to the formation of a fire combined with rapid and very efficient fire suppression.

Contact us for any further information regarding the correct type of automatic fire protection system for your building.

Do you have an automatic fire sprinkler system? Is it being correctly inspected and tested?


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