Gas Fire Suppression Systems
Inert gases function in a similar way to carbon dioxide: by removing enough oxygen to prevent combustion (or fire). However, unlike carbon dioxide, inert gases are considered safe to use in occupied spaces, because they do not reduce oxygen enough to pose a suffocation risk. Some examples of inert gases include:
Inert gas fire suppression systems are also considered a clean agent fire suppression system and provide the following benefits:
• They are safe for people
• They are safe for equipment
• They do not damage the ozone layer or contribute to global warming
So, what is the difference between inert gas fire suppression systems and chemical clean agent fire suppression systems? While inert gases are stored as gas, chemical clean agents are stored either as a liquid or as a liquefied and compressed gas. The result is that chemical clean agents can be stored in smaller containers that take up less space. However, inert gases flow better through piping, which means that they can be stored farther away from the source of a potential fire. These logistical considerations can be important during the design stages of a building or room.