Applications of an Automatic Fire Extinguisher
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In the event of a fire, you cannot be everywhere at once; hence, an automatic fire extinguisher is an effective tool against flames, in many different situations. Used as part of an existing fire protection system, this equipment can also be an alternative to fire sprinkler systems, in cases where water damage would be costly. Today’s modern technology makes automatic fire extinguishers reliable and a wise choice.
There are two main categories of automatic systems, but all share common characteristics that set them apart from traditional extinguishers and fire sprinkler systems.
Both of the above systems will suppress a fire without the need for manual operation. Automatic systems function on a method of detection, a trigger for activation and an agent. Typically, the agents are either simple wet or dry chemical types (in pre-engineered systems) or formulated agents that can be stored as a liquid and expelled as a gas for safety and efficiency.
How Do Automatic
Fire Extinguishers Differ from Fire Sprinkler Systems?
When water is used as a fire suppression agent, it often causes substantial damage; thus, it is often deemed as destructive as the smoke or fire itself. If used to protect against the risk of fire in electrical rooms, where fragile materials are stored or in the presence of chemicals, water entails serious potential damage, whereas the automatic fire extinguisher system, using gas or dry chemical agents, is much better suited.
In the case of mobile set-ups (such as vehicles or temporary structures) a water source may be difficult to access, making the installation of a sprinkler system impossible. In order to properly protect those areas, an automatic dry chemical system is needed.
Although they differ, both the automatic fire extinguisher and fire sprinkler systems serve the same purpose – to protect against the danger and damage of a spreading fire. A thorough evaluation will point out which system best meets your needs.