Monday March 06, 2017

Why Use Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems?

“No water, no damage, no worries.” That is how 3Mä, the manufacturer of the Novecä 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, describes the performance of this clean agent fire suppressant, and in essence, those benefits are why more and more Tulsa and Oklahoma City businesses are using clean agent systems.

Water damage from sprinkler systems can cause a considerable amount of downtime and expensive cleanup and repair for a business, especially an e-commerce business. Thus, when water would damage costly computers, server rooms, priceless art, antiques, important documents and records, process control rooms, laboratories, and other sensitive equipment, a clean agent fire suppression system is needed.

“Unlike sprinkler fire protection, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is safe for use on paper, canvas and similar materials. It does not leave a residue and will not affect ink, paper, pencil dye, paint or other media,” 3M™ reported.

Clean agents are chemical gas release systems that are safe for the environment and non-toxic to humans as well as non-corrosive and non-conductive. These gaseous fire suppression agents are usually stored under pressure as a liquid and then vaporize when they are discharged in the event of a fire. Because they are applied to the fire as a gas, these clean agents leave no residue to clean up and won’t short-out electrical equipment. This makes clean agents like Novecä 1230 Fire Protection Fluid and FM-200 perfect for businesses, hospitals, government offices, museums, and other facilities where water would damage sensitive equipment, art, or documents.

Because these clean agents discharge and fill a room in just seconds and extinguish the fire by means of heat absorption, they will quickly and effectively prevent a fire from spreading.

Novec 1230 fluid interferes with the combustion process, stopping a fire in its pre-combustion stage. In other words, as part of a sophisticated fire suppression system, it absorbs the heat, extinguishing the fire even before reaching the “flame” stage,” the 3M™ company noted.

 This exceptional performance and its safety for occupied spaces also make clean agents ideal for the oil and gas industry as well as for marine, military, and aviation applications. These industries depend on fast-acting, environmentally-friendly fire suppression systems to keep personnel safe and equipment running smoothly. Clean agents are thus great for these special hazards industries because they are safe for human occupancy while acting rapidly to extinguish fires and they evaporate quickly, leaving no residue.

In addition, these clean fire suppression systems are perfect for areas with limited storage space and have numerous shipping benefits over other systems. “Because it is not packaged under pressure, Novec 1230 fluid has unique shipping and handling advantages over high pressure alternatives. Novec 1230 fluid systems allow for more efficient use of space compared to inert gas systems,” the 3M company reported.  

In citing its benefits to the marine, oil, and gas industries the company added that “3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid offers sustainability, air shipping, on site refills and, unlike CO2, safety in occupied spaces - earning certification by marine approval authorities around the world.”

There’s no doubt that clean agent systems are the ideal fire suppression system for various industries and businesses that value their assets and business continuity. Companies that want to reduce damage and downtime in the event of a fire are choosing these clean agent systems to protect their business.

At Mac Systems in both Tulsa and OKC, we can design and install the right clean agent fire suppression system for your business, as well as keep you up-to-date on inspections and maintenance of all fire suppression systems.