Why A Fire Suppression System?
Whether you are a business owner or a property owner in Malaysia, you want to protect your investment – everything and everyone in it. For maximum protection from fire, you need a fire suppression system.
Many places have alarm systems that activate when an intruder breaks in, or a fire starts, and that is good.
But in case of fire, a simple alarm isn’t enough. It may call the fire department, but even a few minutes can enough for a small fire to engulf a room, or even a building.
What It Does
A fire suppression system protects property from fire by detecting fire and extinguishing it before the fire has time to spread. The system monitors sensors throughout the protected property. When a fire is detected – usually using smoke detectors – it releases flame retardant agents. Most systems are also designed to notify the Malaysian fire department to speed up response time.
Types of Systems
There are several ways a system can be categorized. One way is by the way it is designed. There are basically two design classifications: Engineered and pre-engineered. Engineered systems are designed specifically for a business or facility by engineers and are built to order. Pre-engineered systems take off the shelf components and don’t require an engineer to design the system installation.
Types of Suppressants
There are over a dozen fire suppressants – even more if you add in custom suppressants designed for special requirements.
They all fall into one of three categories. Liquid, powder or gas. Water is of the commonly used liquid fire suppressant, but it is ineffective or even dangerous when used on electrical (class C) or chemical (Class B) fires.
Gas systems use inert gases like nitrogen, argon or carbon dioxide to interrupt the chemical reaction of the fire. They are very effective against Class C and B fires, but not as effective against fires involving normal combustibles like wood (Class A).
Chemical suppressants can be either liquid or solid. Most of them are effective against Class C and Class B fires, though some are effective against Class A fires.
What It All Means
When searching for a fire suppression system, there is more to do than just look at specs and choose the most features for the money. Even if the system isn’t custom designed for the job there are questions that have to be asked if you are going to get the system that meets your needs. The size of the protected area has to be considered. Will there be electrical equipment, what type, and where?
Will the area be occupied by people? Is it for a business or a residence? Are some areas higher priority? Are there areas that are so remote or low risk that including them in the system doesn’t make sense? The answer to these questions – and others – will help you decide what the best, most effective system for your property is. Get the system you need, one that can scale as you grow.