What is Automatic Fire Protection?
Automatic fire protection or automatic fire suppression system can not only control a fire in a building, but it can also extinguish fires well before the fire department can arrive on the scene. It extinguishes fires without human intervention. Examples of automatic systems include fire sprinkler system, gaseous fire suppression, and condensed aerosol fire suppression. Automatic fire suppression systems are among the best commercial fire systems available today. They come in two types, engineered and pre-engineered, and they vary greatly.
Engineered Fire Suppression Systems are design specific and most commonly used for larger installations where the system is designed for a particular application. Examples include server rooms, public and private buildings, and electrical switch rooms. Engineered systems use a number of gaseous or solid agents with many of them being specifically formulated. Some are even stored as a liquid and discharged as a gas.
Pre-Engineered Fire Suppression Systems use pre-designed elements to eliminate the need for engineering work beyond the original product design. Typical industrial solutions use a wet or dry chemical agent, such as potassium carbonate or monoammonium phosphate (MAP), to protect relatively smaller spaces such as distribution boards, battery rooms, engine bays, wind turbines, hazardous goods and other storage areas. A number of residential designs have also emerged that typically employ water mist and target retrofit applications.
How Can Resorts Benefit From Automatic Fire Protection?
When it comes to your resort’s fire protection, you can’t fall short. Fire Protection must never be optional, and it can’t be viewed as a luxury. Sadly, numerous individuals think they can skip out on extensive fire protection since they think a fire could never happen to them. But there are plenty of seemingly innocuous things that which can wind up causing a deadly fire and sometimes a simple fire extinguisher is not enough.
Fires can come in many different forms and can require a number of different methods to minimize damage or prevent injury. Fire extinguishers along are a very important part of every fire safety procedure. But there is more to fire protection than you may realise, and there are advantages of automatic fire protection. So, what are the benefits of automatic fire protection?
Fire Sprinkler Systems
Fire sprinkler systems spread water over a fire from above at the onset of any fire. The system includes a water supply system that connected by pipes that are equipped with fire sprinklers. The water is released in a fine spray over the fire. This is among the earlier methods available, but it’s extremely reliable. When a large fire has occurred a sprinkler system can quickly extinguish the fire and minimise damage or injuries.
Water Mist Systems
A water mist system operates in onset of a fire by discharging a fine spray of water droplets over the flame. This system eliminates heat and acts to displace oxygen from any raging flames, therefore suppressing the fire. The same as a fire sprinkler system, this system features a water supply system connected by pipes, and the sprinkler is similar in many ways, only differing in how the water is dispersed from the sprinkler.
Dry Chemical Powder-Based Systems
These fire suppression systems use a dry chemical powder to extinguish a fire. This system is ideal because the area will not be damaged by water. This powder extinguishes flames almost immediately, and it is best suited to fight fires that are fueled by chemical agents and liquefied gases, but it works well against almost any type of fire.
Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems
These systems use chemical gas agents to extinguish a fire. The ingenious aspect of this system is that it leaves no water, chemicals, or oily residues behind after putting out a fire. This system can rapidly extinguish a fire with no damage to high-value assets.
Thoroughly analyze the benefits of automatic fire suppression system for your resort to ensure building fire compliance. In many cases, you should start with a fire risk assessment to determine what types of fires are most likely to occur in your resort.
From there you can have a trained professional make recommendations on the types of fire protection, evacuation plan with marked evacuation routes that is best for your facilities. When you’ve determined which fire protection systems to use you can then install and train your staff on the proper use of the fire protection devices and develop a routine inspection process. The benefits of fire protection are really worth the investment for your resort and for your guest.