As a proud ‘end-to-end’ fire prevention and protection provider, National Fire Protection Month is a really important month for us at AFI. With September already here and fire prevention events and fundraisers already in full force all across the country, there is no better time to educate ourselves about the risks of fire as well as the methods of fire suppression available.
When it comes to fire suppression, AFI has a handful of options available to always make sure that your people, your projects, and your profits are protected. Our design, installation, maintenance, and monitoring services are custom scoped to fit your needs and risk profile. So, what are the fire suppression options from AFI, and what are their primary benefits?
Fire Pump, Hydrant, Sprinkler, Misting, and Deluge Systems
When people think of putting out a fire, typically their first thought will be to use water. At its core, water is still a very effective way of suppressing fire and reducing the possibility of damage. At AFI we have multiple options when it comes to using water-based methods for fire suppression. One of the key benefits to any system from AFI is that it is activated on-demand every time and is fully automated. Your specific needs will determine the best water-based technology to use. Misting, for example, offers less damage to property, requires less water use, and is considered much more environmentally friendly. Using water sprinklers and deluge systems allows for no chemical use, which for some is a necessary requirement. Sprinklers have the benefit of extinguishing fires at inception, which in many cases can result in much less smoke and heat being generated. Deluge systems allow for the fire suppressant of choice to be released out of all sprinkler heads simultaneously.
Gaseous Suppression Systems
Gaseous suppression systems are one of the most effective and popular performance solutions for extinguishing fires. One of the primary benefits of gas-based suppression systems is that they do not use water or foam as the fire suppression agent and thus cause less damage when deployed. Typically gas-based suppression systems are used in areas with sensitive material that cannot get wet, for example, computer labs, server rooms, archives, electrical facilities and libraries or museums. Another benefit to using a gaseous suppression system is the speed at which fires can be extinguished using this process. This ultimately reduces the amount of damage a fire can cause, both through the fire itself and the soot and smoke damage that are a by-product of any fire.
Fluorine-free Foam Systems for Mobile Equipment & Locomotives
These systems suppress fires through the deployment of fluorine-free foam. One of the primary benefits of fluorine-free foam is that it is a more environmentally friendly and sustainable solution to other synthetic firefighting foams. Converting existing PFAS systems to fluorine-free systems is a job that we do regularly at AFI and ultimately leads to a more efficient system and great savings for our customers.
How to choose the right fire suppression solution:
In order to choose the right system for you, it is important to work with a reputable and trustworthy expert in the business. At AFI, we work in a fully consultative fashion from start to finish and our priority is to ensure that you are getting the best technology and support available to defend your people and your assets. If you would like to start the process of finding the right solution for you and your environment, get in touch with us today at 1300 958 657.