Fire Suppression Systems

What Is a Fire Suppression System?

A fire suppression system is any product designed to stop the spread of a fire. It gets the name extinguishing system because its goal is to contain the fire and the damage it can cause. Preventing the spread of fire reduces casualties and gives firefighters time to intervene. An example of a fire suppression system is a sprinkler system. Dry chemical and detergent systems such as those offered by Firetrace also qualify as fire suppression systems.Types of Fire Suppression Systems
Engineered versus prefabricated fire suppression systems also need to be discussed. Sophisticated firefighting systems protect an entire room. For example, Firetrace uses clean agents that are safe for electronic equipment and can be inhaled without harming a person.

Prefab systems are used to protect small departments or micro-environments. Engine compartments and switchboards are good examples of where this type of system would provide protection. They are also useful for suppressing fires on CNC and EDM machines.

Firetrace Pre-engineered Fire Suppression Systems are available in two configurations: indirect release and direct release. Watch the video below to learn more about Firetrace's two different pre-engineered fire suppression systems:

Fire Suppression Agents - Within the pre-engineered fire suppression systems, there are a variety of agents that can be used. Class K systems typically have foam or other wet chemical options to reduce the spread of fire throughout the room. In contrast, engines are typically protected with NBC dry chemicals, which can effectively suppress class A, B, and C fires. The former is an active detection system while the latter is a non-electrical detection system. Active detection requires a power source constantly looking for heat or smoke. A non-electrical detection system requires no electricity.