FM-200 (FE-227ea) Heptafluoropropane CF3CHFCH3
Pyro-Chem FM-200 Systems are recommended when one or more of the following conditions exist:
- The value of the area’s contents or its importance to business continuity requires a clean agent fire suppression system that can react in seconds
- Water Sprinklers will damage the contents of the area to be protected
- Personnel occupy the area to be protected
- Post fire cleanup must be eliminated
- Ease of design and installation is needed
When protecting valuable assets or sensitive equipment, FM-200 agent stands above conventional agents. Unlike dry chemical, FM-200 is a colorless, odorless gas that leaves no residue to clean up. Unlike water, FM-200 is an electrically non conductive agent that will not short-out electronic equipment. And unlike the very cold discharge of carbon dioxide, FM-200 will not thermally shock delicate circuitry.
The FM-200® Fire Suppression System is an engineered system utilizing a fixed nozzle agent distribution network. The system is designed and installed in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 2001, “Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems.” When properly designed, the FM-200 system will suppress surface burning fire in Class A, B, and C hazards.
80% of FM-200 fire fighting effectiveness is achieved through heat absorption and 20% through direct chemical means (action of the fluorine radical on the chain reaction of a flame). Complete suppression using FM-200 has the following advantages:
- The low concentration of FM-200 required means less visual obscurity and minimal risk to personnel.
- The small quantity of agent discharged minimizes over-pressurization of the protected area.
- Maximum safety for personnel due to low toxicity.
- Most effective when used with automatic detection to introduce FM-200 rapidly.
- The ability to prevent re-ignition as long as concentration levels are maintained.
Typical areas that can be protected by a FM-200 system are Bank Vaults, Libraries,
Rare Book Storage, Electronic Data Processing, Telephone Exchanges Studios, Communication Centers Transformer and Switch Rooms, Control Rooms Test Laboratories and Flammable Liquid Storage.