Environmentally-friendly fire suppression systems from Wormald

Environmentally-friendly fire suppression systems from Wormald from Wormald

By: Wormald  21-May-2012
Keywords: Fire Protection, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Equipment

When planning for fire protection, regardless of the size or purpose of a building, protecting people, property and stored assets are obvious priorities. While environmental considerations have historically taken a back seat to these vital concerns, the growing focus on reducing greenhouse gas omissions and ozone depleting substances, due to their contribution to climate change, continues to drive the need for environmentally-friendly fire suppression solutions.

Leading fire protection specialist Wormald is encouraging contractors and businesses to be more aware of the range of environmentally-friendly fire suppression systems available to them.

Garry Kwok, National Technical Services Manager with Wormald says, “The fire protection industry is taking measures to better control the use of ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases as per Federal Government regulations. However, there is still a considerable education process required to highlight the environmental-friendly fire protection solutions available, which are effective in fire suppression but also have minimal impact on the environment.”

Wormald’s fire suppression systems, Inergen® and SAPPHIRE™, contain agents that are neither ozone depleting substances (ODS) nor synthetic greenhouse gases (SGG).

The Inergen® fire suppression system uses an inert gaseous fire suppressant consisting entirely of natural gases, nitrogen, argon and carbon dioxide. Inergen® is dry, electrically non-conductive and leaves behind no residue. It is particularly appropriate for facilities housing sensitive electronic instruments or high value electrical equipment such as data centres and structures housing high value artefacts such as museums or art galleries.
 
Inergen® smothers the fire by reducing the oxygen level in a room to below 15% (the point at which most combustibles will no longer burn). Simultaneously the patented carbon dioxide in Inergen® assists the breathing of anyone that may be within the fire area from the effects of the lowered oxygen levels, by increasing the rate of respiration allowing them to escape. Inergen® is composed of natural gases which will simply resume their normal role in the earth’s atmosphere following a discharge, so Inergen® presents no environmental impact.

Wormald also offers the SAPPHIRE™ suppression system which consists of the revolutionary 3MTM NovecTM 1230 fire protection fluid. It is a clear, colourless and odourless clean agent that looks like water, but does not cause the type of damage usually associated with water, as it contains no moisture. As a non-corrosive agent, it has an atmospheric lifetime of only five days while the closest chemical alternative has an atmospheric lifetime of 33 to 36 years. It is stored as a liquid and, once discharged within the fire area, instantly vaporises at the discharge nozzle and interferes with the combustion process to suppress the fire.

For further information about Wormald’s wide range of products and services call 133 166.

Keywords: Fire Equipment, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Protection, Fire Protection Products, Portable & Mobile Fire Extinguishers

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