October 11, 2019

To someone who isn’t in the fire protection industry, it might seem as if all fire protection systems are pretty much the same. However, there are key differences. If you’re the owner or manager of a commercial building, it’s important to know the difference. A fire protection expert can explain which type is best for your building.

They use different fire-fighting agents.

Fire sprinklers are quite similar to fire suppression systems in that they are both intended to fight fires. However, the way work is markedly different. Fire sprinklers will always emit water when smoke is detected. A fire sprinkler system is not capable of dispersing any other agent. In contrast, with fire suppression systems, there are a number of fire-fighting agents that might be used. These agents are typically in foam or gaseous form. For instance, a fire suppression system might emit carbon dioxide. Since fire needs oxygen, the replacement of oxygen with carbon dioxide will extinguish the fire. Alternatively, the system might emit wet or dry chemical foam that will snuff out the fire.

They take different approaches.

Another difference is the approaches these two systems take. While it’s possible for a fire sprinkler system to completely extinguish a fire by itself, its main goal is to control the fire and prevent its spread. Once the firefighters arrive, they can finish the job. In contrast, a fire suppression system is capable of completely extinguishing a fire, and firefighters might not be needed.

They are ideal for different types of buildings.

Fire sprinkler systems are ideal for many types of buildings, including apartment complexes and most office buildings. However, some buildings house equipment, documents, or artwork that should never get wet. A fire suppression system is ideal for these buildings, as it prevents water damage to delicate items.

Kazal Fire Protection, Inc. has been an industry leader in Southern Arizona since 1982. Individuals and companies in Tucson and beyond have entrusted us with their fire protection requirements thanks to the extensive knowledge of our experts and our approach to delivering excellent customer service. If you have any questions, you can get in touch at (520) 323-1518.