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When you are looking for the best fire suppression system for your business, you have a large number of systems at your disposal. Most agents are entirely safe to use in populated areas, they won’t damage your electronic equipment, and they don’t dump residue all over your workspace.

However, not all of these agents check all of these boxes. In your situation, you may not need to check all of these boxes. Take a look below at the best fire suppression agent for you when a simple water sprinkler system won’t work for your business.

Alternative Fire Suppression Agents to Consider

Not all fire suppressing agents are considered equally valid for every area. Here are some alternative fire suppression agents you can use and their most effective use cases.

Argonite

Argonite is a mixture of Argon and Nitrogen, and it extinguishes fires by reducing the amount of oxygen present in the area where fire can no longer burn. Argonite is safe for humans and electrical equipment.

Argonite leaves zero toxic residue behind, and it creates no ozone depletion. It’s the perfect solution for a fire suppression system that is friendly for the environment, non-hazardous to people, and not electrically conductive.

Argonite is commonly used in data centers and computer rooms.

Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide is a safe and non-conductive gas that is also a highly efficient fire suppression agent. A carbon dioxide system works by blanketing the fire in gas to reduce oxygen levels. This reduction in oxygen stops the fire dead in its tracks.

Because there is no harmful or damaging residue left behind, businesses use carbon dioxide systems in machine and metal shops. Business owners also install them around electrical panels.

However, according to the EPA, the minimum concentration for use as a fire suppressant is fatal to humans. Do not use carbon dioxide systems where people frequently need to go.

Dry Chemical

Dry chemical suppression systems are filled with dry powder, such as sodium bicarbonate or monoammonium phosphate, and pressurized. When the system detects a fire, a high-pressure nitrogen cartridge will open the valves and disperse the powder.

Dry chemical fire suppression systems are highly reliable, but extensive cleanup will be required should the system discharge.

Dry chemical systems are an economical choice for vehicle systems used in mining and logging operations. They also work great in auto paint booths.

FM-200

FM-200 (or HFC227ea) is a waterless fire suppression system. It suppresses fires by removing free radicals and heat from the fire.

FM-200 is the best clean agent available for fire suppression; it causes almost zero negative environmental impact.

FM-200 is entirely safe to use in occupied spaces; it also leaves no damaging residue and doesn’t require cleanup.

Lastly, an FM-200 system requires a small amount of storage space, and refilling it is cost-effective and straightforward.

Foam

Foam fire suppression systems stop fire spread by mixing with the building’s water system. It creates a “bubble bath” flame suppressant to separate the fire’s fuel from the oxygen.

Also, foam systems prevent flammable vapors from mixing with the air.

Foam fire suppression systems are most frequently used in airport hangars and chemical manufacturing areas.

Liquid Agents

Liquid fire suppressing agents are designed to eliminate fires associated with cooking equipment in commercial kitchens, such as deep-fat fryers, range tops, and charbroilers.

Water Mist

Water mist systems use special nozzles that release a fine mist to extinguish fires. They accomplish this by cooling the flame and surrounding gases by evaporation. 

If you have a fire in a room with electrical equipment inside, water mist systems can douse flames without destroying said electrical equipment.

Apart from being safe for both people and electronics, using a water mist system is also a fantastic economical option. You don’t need to particular order any chemicals or compressed gases, so refilling the system is quick and easy.

Water mist systems are commonly used in Navy vessels and cruise ships.

Which Alternative Fire Suppression Agent Works Best For Your Business?

If you need help figuring out the best fire suppression system for your situation, get help from certified fire protection professionals. They can help you find the most effective system for your specific business needs.