Fire Suppression and Fire Extinguishing Systems
Fire Suppression and Fire Extinguishing Systems – What’s The Difference?
Fires can be incredibly dangerous, posing a serious threat to life and property. In South Africa, statistics show that fires continue to be a common occurrence. To combat this, fire protection systems are essential.
When it comes to fire protection systems, there are two main types that are commonly used: fire suppression systems and fire extinguishing systems. While they may sound similar, they are actually quite different in how they function and the situations in which they are most effective.
The decision of which type of system to use will depend on a number of factors, including the size and nature of the building or facility, the materials and equipment present, and the specific fire risks associated with the environment.
In this blog post, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each system and determine which one is the most effective.
Fire Suppression Systems
Fire suppression systems are highly effective in controlling and suppressing fires quickly, making them a popular choice for industrial settings and large commercial buildings.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire suppression systems can reduce the damage caused by fires by up to 95% and the number of injuries by up to 86%. These systems are particularly useful in environments where there may be a delay in responding to a fire, such as in data centres, where downtime can be extremely costly.
Fire suppression systems are designed to control and suppress fires by using a variety of methods, including the use of chemicals, such as dry chemicals, wet chemicals, or gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), or a combination of these. Fire suppression systems are typically used in industrial settings, such as factories and power plants, as well as in large commercial buildings, such as hotels, hospitals, and shopping centres.
One of the main advantages of fire suppression systems is that they are highly effective in controlling and suppressing fires quickly. In fact, studies have shown that fire suppression systems can reduce the damage caused by fires by up to 70%. They are also highly automated, which means that they can be activated automatically in the event of a fire, without the need for human intervention. This can be particularly important in situations where there may be a delay in responding to a fire, such as in data centres, where downtime can be extremely costly.
However, there are also some disadvantages to fire suppression systems. One of the main concerns is the potential for collateral damage, particularly if chemicals or gases are used. This can lead to the destruction of valuable equipment, as well as the release of harmful toxins into the environment. Additionally, fire suppression systems can be quite expensive to install and maintain, which can be a significant cost for businesses.
Fire Extinguishing Systems
Fire extinguishing systems, on the other hand, are generally less expensive and easier to install and maintain than fire suppression systems. They are effective in controlling and putting out fires quickly, particularly in smaller spaces.
Fire extinguishing systems are designed to put out fires using water or other firefighting agents, such as foam or dry chemicals. These systems are typically used in smaller commercial and residential buildings, as well as in vehicles and boats.
One of the main advantages of fire extinguishing systems is that they are relatively simple and inexpensive to install and maintain. They are also effective in controlling and putting out fires quickly, particularly in smaller spaces. Additionally, they do not have the potential for collateral damage that can be associated with fire suppression systems.
However, there are also some disadvantages to fire extinguishing systems. One of the main concerns is the potential for water damage, particularly in areas where water-sensitive equipment or materials are present.
Which Type of System is More Effective?
When it comes to determining which type of fire protection system is more effective, the answer will largely depend on the specific needs of the business or organisation.
How Can AST Help?
Ultimately, the best approach is to work with a fire protection solutions provider that can evaluate the specific needs of the business or organisation and recommend the most effective fire protection solution. By doing so, businesses and organisations can minimise the risk of fire-related damage and loss, while also ensuring the safety of their employees and customers.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.