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March | 13 | 2017

3 Types of Facilities that Should Consider Special Hazards Fire Suppression

Facilities with critical equipment, spaces or procedures rely on special hazards fire detection and suppression systems to prevent damage and eliminate costly downtime.  Even when deployed, these specialized systems minimize business interruptions by providing early warning detection and gaseous fire suppression.   Here are some of the types of facilities that commonly utilize special hazards fire protection:

1. Data Centers & Server Rooms
According to 2015 research shared by Forbes, over 50 billion smart devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, with no less than one third of all data reaching the cloud.  As more companies continue to go paperless, and the “Internet of Things” becomes more and more mainstream, the demand for secure data centers is likely to reach new heights in the years to come.  For those charged with owning and operating these critical facilities, the risk of downtime is cause enough to keep you up at night.  In the event of a fire, a traditional sprinkler system is likely to put out the fire, but may still cause damage to the facility’s equipment, essentially shutting down operations.  In data centers and server rooms, clean agent fire suppression is often a better choice since it will quickly extinguish the fire while leaving no residue or required clean up.

2. Airports
Nearly 30 million passengers traveled through Boston’s Logan Airport on domestic U.S. flights in 2016 (according to the Massachusetts Port Authority).  Add in the thousands of International travelers and employees working on site at the airport and you have a facility that is occupied by the population of a small city at any given point in a day.  The complexity of airport operations, from the flight schedules to passenger security, requires many synchronous processes in order to keep things moving.  Fire protection plays a large role in the safety planning and emergency preparedness at any airport, often featuring systems that are customized to the unique needs of a particular area or function.  From early warning detection, water mist, foam and gaseous suppression systems, there are special hazards solutions that help keep people safe while ensuring the necessary continuity in operations.

3. Museums, Historic Landmarks & Libraries
There are many ways in which an asset or artifact can have value, and protecting that value is a central consideration when operating a facility like a museum or historic property.  In instances where historic documents or priceless artifacts are on display for example, even the threat of fire, smoke or water damage is too risky to simply follow the standard fire code requirements based upon size and occupancy.  In these circumstances Facility Engineers often turn to FSSA member contractors to design and install custom special hazards systems that utilize early warning detection and clean agent suppression to provide high-level fire protection.

As a full-service fire protection contractor, Cannistraro has the resources and expertise to design, engineer, install, inspect and maintain all types of fire sprinkler, special hazards suppression and detection systems.

 

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