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Fire Suppression Systems

At Rhino Fire Control, we design, install and maintain fire suppression systems that are cost-effective and easy to install, eliminating the risk of an extensive and destructive fire that would cause significant financial losses to your business.

  • Protect valuable assets, computer equipment, stock, and machinery.
  • Safeguard your employees, customers, and visitors.
  • Low installation and maintenance costs.
  • High levels of versatility so the system can be installed in any room or equipment enclosure.
  • Reduced downtime in the event of a fire, with limited damage to key components.
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How Do Fire Suppression Systems Work?

There are several types of fire suppression agents used by our systems to quickly put out fires in the affected areas:

  • Chemical Clean Agent Suppression: Chemical fire suppression agents use a synthetic cooling agent to quickly reduce and absorb heat and extinguish flames. They are effective at combating all types of fire hazards, but some are toxic in high quantities and can reduce the oxygen level in a room, leading to a potential asphyxiation hazard. For these reasons, the agents we use are 99% biodegradable and are designed to minimise oxygen consumption, and we work with our customers closely to match the best choice of the chemical agent to the usage of the room and its occupancy patterns.

  • Gas suppression: Gas suppression systems use an inert pressurised gas to starve a fire of oxygen. These systems are a good choice in sealed, environmentally controlled rooms (e.g. server rooms) where it is inappropriate to use a liquid or chemical suppressant. The gases themselves are generally non-toxic but do deplete oxygen levels. The agents we work with restrict oxygen depletion levels to 12 to 15%, which is enough to quickly suppress the fire.

  • Room integrity tests: A room integrity test is required by UK building regulations before you install a gas fire suppression system, at least once per year and whenever changes are made to the protected space. The test uses controlled airflow to measure the leakage rate in the room, ensuring that fire suppression gases are adequately contained. A test must be carried out to ISO-14520 and NFPA-2001 (National Fire Protection Association) standards for each room in which gas fire retardants are used. Please contact us for more information.

  • Condensed Aerosol Suppression: Aerosol suppression agents are an environmentally friendly alternative to some chemical and gas agents, used where an effective suppression strategy needs to be balanced with the needs of human health and those of the environment. Aerosol suppressants use a microparticle vapour discharge to break the chemical chain reaction that sustains a fire. Some do this by ‘smothering’ the flames with large inert microparticles, while others actively absorb and reduce heat.

Specialist Fire Suppression Systems:

Some areas require a specially designed suppression system to counteract specific hazards or to safeguard valuable equipment:

  • (Server) room suppression: Server rooms and data centres require an automated fire suppression system that can detect and quickly suppress a fire before it gets out of hand or causes severe damage. Our server room fire suppression systems are compatible with clean air environments and use regulation-compliant inert gas or chemical suppression agents.

  • Kitchen suppression: Commercial kitchens include a variety of fire hazards, from gas pipes and electrical equipment to cooking oils. ‘Standard’ suppression strategies could make a blaze worse in some circumstances – e.g. using ceiling-mounted water sprinklers on a fat fire could cause an explosion. Also, kitchens frequently make use of environmental triggers – such as steam, intense heat, smoke, and naked flames – that are entirely normal in the kitchen but would activate a fire suppression system in any other context!

    Therefore, kitchens require a specific type of fire suppression system tailored to the hazards on your premises, which differentiates between acceptable flames, smoke, and steam, and those arising from a fire.

    Our kitchen fire suppression systems are designed to quickly detect unexpected fires and apply a targeted wet chemical agent to suppress the fire and prevent it from spreading. Our systems are modular and can be adapted to commercial kitchens of any size. Please see our kitchen suppression systems page for more details.

  • Fire suppression systems for electrical cabinets, machinery, and engine bays

    We also design specialist fire suppression systems for small enclosures and micro-environments containing vulnerable machinery or equipment where an electrical fire is more likely, such as electronic control cabinets, or CNC machines.

    These systems feature a pressurised tube that, if melted by intense heat, automatically releases a gas suppressant, such as carbon dioxide or foam. The suppressant starves the fire of the oxygen it needs, quickly cooling and quenching the flames.

    Direct suppression releases the suppressant over a target area directly from the tube, whereas indirect suppression disperses it via valves over a wider area.

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Why Invest In A Bespoke Fire Suppression System

Fires are unpredictable, usually occurring in the most unexpected places at the most unexpected times. When designing a fire safety strategy, it’s easy to focus on the most high-risk areas in your premises and to concentrate fire alarms, extinguishers, and sprinklers here.

Consequently, ‘cold spots’ may remain where alarms will fail to detect an outbreak of fire and extinguishers will do little to fight back the flames.

Fire suppression systems are also invaluable in areas that are particularly exposed to fire risk, such as commercial kitchens where a combination of high temperatures and oils can accelerate the spread of a fire.

Full Fire Suppression Installation & Maintenance

From industrial machinery and forklifts to electrical enclosures and warehouses, at Rhino Fire Control our BAFE-accredited engineers can provide high-quality design and installation of fire suppression systems to protect your business’s employees and assets if a fire breaks out.

Call 01278 422705 today to speak to a technical adviser or send us a message to request more information.

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