During the 2015 Seminar Series titled Trending Now! #FireProtection: Technologies Impacting the Future, Lee Kaiser spoke about trending technology in clean agent fire suppression. In the video excerpt below, you can watch as he describes the most common applications of clean agent fire suppression systems. If you would like to register for the 2016 Seminar click here.
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Lee: So, some of the common applications for clean agent systems: data centers and information technology rooms, telecommunications, control rooms—we see these in control rooms a lot. Think of a power plant with a control room where there's a lot of sensor equipment, a lot of monitoring equipment, and computers that are helping to run the process. And so we don't want a fire to exist in there and shut down the process. Another good example for control rooms are airport traffic control towers. The FAA requires every control tower to have a clean agent system in it. And then records storage—we use clean agent systems to protect processes that support our business as well as very valuable assets. So, you know, high-end art museums, special collections rooms there. Special collections rooms in museums all use clean agent systems to protect property, another layer beyond protecting life within the building.
Seminar Participant: What about paper…like paper storage? There's some controversy about that, right?
Lee: I don't know what you mean.
Seminar Participant: You could have paper that gets extinguished fire, but then it can start back up. Seems to me like…emberring…
Lee: Okay, so clean agent systems can address…like paper would be a Class A fire, okay? And so ordinary combustible, it could sit there and burn and kind of become a deep-seated fire potentially. But with clean agent systems, if you had a room that was full of important records, we would discharge it early when the fire was small based off of smoke detection, okay? We wouldn't do it off of heat and have the flames be big. And then we hold the extinguishing concentration within the room for ten minutes at least so that it gives the burning materials a soak time to ensure that they're extinguished.
Seminar Participant: There is a design that's more specified towards that…more custom towards paper for that reason, right?
Lee: Yeah, but it's very similar to the data center-type design. It's really…
Seminar Participant: Not much different.
Lee: – no, it's really not much different. That 10-minute soak time is standard for all clean agent systems. What would change is the concentration. And actually it takes less clean agent to extinguish a Class A fire than what's listed for Class C fire—the electrically driven fires—and then flammable liquids fires can be even higher concentrations.
This is part 3 of the Trending Technology Clean Agent Systems series. Watch the other parts at the links below:
- Part 1: What Are Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems?
- Part 2: Are Fire Suppression Clean Agents Safe for People?
- Part 4: Types of Clean Agent Gases
- Part 5: How Do Clean Agent Systems Work?
- Part 6: New Technology in High Pressure Fire Suppression Systems
- Part 7: Trending Options for Localized Fire Suppression
- Part 8: Localized Fire Suppression Case Study CNC Machine
- Part 9: In Cabinet Fire Suppression Technology
- Part 10: Advantages & Disadvantages of Rack Mounted Fire Suppression in Data Centers
You can also watch our previous series on Dialer and Communicator Technology Changes at the links below:
- Part 1: Off-Premise Signaling
- Part 2: History of the Network
- Part 3: NFPA Requirements
- Part 4: Radio DACTs Cellular & IP
- Part 5: What Type of Dialer?