When a fire starts, there are generally three effective ways to put out a fire: starving it,  smothering it, or interrupting its combustion process. But how? Fire suppression systems work to safeguard your property and stop a fire should one ever occur. 

While fire extinguishers and fire sprinklers are the most commonly recognised suppression systems, there are many other fire suppression systems that are actually in-built, automatic extinguishing systems that differ slightly in application. 

Fire suppression systems can be used throughout commercial, residential and industrial settings and are engineered with built-in components to detect fires and activate the suppressant. From dry chemicals and gases to water and foam solutions, there is a suppression system to suit your property needs. 

We’ve put together a list of the different types of fire suppression equipment and their applications so you can get a better idea of what fire suppression solution may suit your property. 

1. Foam Suppression 

Flammable liquids are hazardous, as are the vapours they give off, which is where a foam suppression system is effective. The foam forms a barrier across the top of the liquid that can prevent the vapours. These are often installed in industrial spaces such as processing facilities, buildings, or vessels where flammable liquids and dangerous chemicals may be stored. 

2. Chemical Suppression 

Dry chemical suppression and gas suppression systems are generally used in overhead applications to protect areas such as data centres, flammable liquid storage areas, mechanical rooms, exhaust ducts, tanks and more. They release a dry powder which inhibits the chain reaction of combustion and coats the surface of the burning material, ultimately stopping the chemical reaction that causes fire. Gases like Carbon Dioxide and inert gases like Nitrogen can also be used to  

3. Water Mist and Sprinkler Systems 

Water mist systems are essentially fire sprinklers; however, they produce ultra-fine water droplets. These perform best in closed areas with sensitive equipment that might otherwise be damaged by other suppressant agents. Water Mist systems also control gas and oil fires like those in food preparation areas.

Of course, there are also the good old fashioned fire sprinklers, which disperse water at a higher pressure than the mist systems. Traditional fire sprinklers are the most common fire suppression systems and can be installed in a wide range of settings. However, it’s important to note that despite being a water system, these must be installed only by accredited fire practitioners. So don’t call your plumber asking them to install fire sprinklers!

In order to suppress fire effectively, our team of fire suppression experts will assess your site and determine the needs of the area. We will identify the necessary equipment required for quick and efficient detection and suppression so you can feel confident your property is protected. 

Of course, fire suppression equipment has to be kept up to standard to stay in working order and remain compliant. With our dedicated fire safety packages, our fire safety practitioners will manage all maintenance according to schedule and undertake routine inspections for compliance. 

Need your fire suppression equipment installed, inspected or repaired? As a leader in fire suppression services, we can ensure your property is safe and your equipment works when you need it most. 

So what are you waiting for? Suppress fires with the right fire suppression equipment by calling Betta Fire Protection today on (02) 8669 9100.