What do we use for Fire Extinguishing Agents?
At Advantage Fire Protection Company, we sell, install, service, and repair a full lineup of fire suppression and fire extinguishing systems designed to suit the precise needs of your industrial or commercial facility. Determining the right fire suppression solution depends on the type of fire likely to occur in the work area. Generally, fires are classed into categories based on the fuel they consume:
- Class A fires typically burn trash, wood, paper, and textile products
- Class B fires are fueled by flammable liquids or gases
- Class C fires are electrical in nature and can present serious hazards to firefighters and workers
- Class D fires occur when combustible metals ignite; these include sodium, zirconium, titanium, potassium, and magnesium
- Class K fires are fueled by fats and oils and occur in kitchens, galleys, and other commercial cooking areas
Advantage Fire Protection Company can provide the right fire extinguishing system to combat each of these classes of fires, allowing your staff members to enjoy added safety on the job and reducing the risk of catastrophic fires in your workplace.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, classes extinguishing agents into several different categories:
- Water is the most popular of all extinguishing agents and is used in fire sprinkler systems, water sprayers, and deluge style fire suppression systems intended to combat Class A fires. Water-based systems are safe and non-toxic but can potentially spread Class B and Class K fires and may create added hazards for firefighters battling electrical or metal fire incidents.
- Carbon dioxide can be toxic at higher levels of concentration; however, it dissipates quickly without leaving a lingering residue. It is an effective extinguishing agent for both Class B and Class C fires.
- Sodium bicarbonate and other dry chemical extinguishing agents interfere with the catalytic chemical reactions that occur during a fire, disrupting these reactions and preventing flames from spreading. Dry chemical fire suppressant compounds do leave a residue on nearby items; however, this residue is non-toxic and generally does only minimal damage. Dry chemicals are effective in fighting Class B and Class C fires.
- Halon 1301 is a dry chemical substance that is highly effective in fighting Class A, B, and C fires; however, most environmental agencies recommend substituting other dry chemical or clean agent systems to avoid causing added damage to the ozone layer. Halon 1211 and Halon 1301 can decompose into toxic substances during a fire and should be used with caution to ensure greater safety in the workplace.
The skilled and knowledgeable consultants at Advantage Fire Protection Company will work with you to identify your precise fire extinguishing needs and to create a custom fire protection program fine-tuned to suit your facility.
Advantage Fire Protection Company offers comprehensive fire safety services for industrial, commercial, and offshore companies in the Houston area and around the world. Contact us today to design your own fire extinguishing solution or to renovate your existing system. We are here to serve your fire suppression, gas detection, and protection needs.