Fire, Security & Life Safety Systems
Fire suppression is the collective term given to a group of systems that can be used to put out fires, or prevent the spread of fires. Within a commercial setting, a fire suppression system may be made up of multiple components such as sprinklers and even extinguishing substances and chemicals.
What is Fire Suppression?
Fire suppression can come in many forms. It covers any installed system that can stop the spread or put out fires once they are detected. Methods of fire suppression, and fire suppression services we offer include:
Fire suppression services are often used in conjunction with one another to create a comprehensive system that can effectively put out or prevent the spread of fires. In many cases, fire suppression systems are a wise investment in commercial and industrial buildings to ensure the safety of people and goods inside.
How Fire Suppression Systems Work
The most common fire suppression system is the fire sprinkler. Fire sprinklers are installed in the ceiling of a building and are designed to activate when heat or smoke is detected. Once activated, the sprinkler will release water onto the fire, aiming to put it out.
Fire suppression systems are referred to as ‘active’ fire protection due to the fact that they are triggered by an active fire, or signs of a fire.
Benefits of an Automatic Fire Suppression System
An automatic fire suppression system can provide a number of benefits to your workplace, some of which may include:
- Reduced fire damage. In the event of a fire, the system can kick in quickly, even if nobody is on site.
- Improved safety for employees and customers.
- Faster fire detection. The system can be set up to provide fire alarms as well as fire suppression, meaning that any fire will be detected and dealt with as quickly as possible.
If your company deals with hazardous or flammable materials, an automatic fire suppression system is an even more worthwhile safety measure for your business.
This sort of system could also greatly impact any quote for business or property insurance.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive fire suppression system for your workplace then get in touch with Robinsons Facilities Services today. We’ll be able to advise you on the best system for your needs.
The Difference Between Fire Suppression, Prevention, and Detection
Fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire detection are all important components of fire safety, but they each serve a different purpose in reducing the risk of fire damage and injuries.
Fire suppression refers to the methods and technologies used to control or extinguish a fire once it has started. This can include things like sprinkler systems, fire doors and other fire suppression equipment. Fire suppression is typically considered a reactive approach to fire safety, as it involves responding to a fire that has already started and working to extinguish it before it can cause extensive damage.
Fire prevention, on the other hand, is a proactive approach to fire safety that focuses on reducing the risk of fires starting in the first place. This can involve things like keeping flammable materials away from heat sources, and ensuring that electrical systems are properly maintained and up to code. Prevention is covered in your fire risk assessment.
Fire detection is another important component of fire safety. Fire detection systems are designed to identify the presence of a fire and alert occupants of a commercial building so that they can take action. This can include smoke detectors, fire alarms, and other monitoring systems. Fire detection is typically considered a proactive approach to fire safety, as it allows occupants to respond to a fire before it has a chance to spread through the building and cause significant damage.
Are Fire Suppression Systems a Legal Requirement?
Though it is your responsibility to keep your commercial premises safe and compliant, there are no specific requirements to have a suppression system like a sprinkler or damper.
Having a fire risk assessment is a legal obligation, and it could be that your risk assessment outlines a sprinkler system or other suppression system as an appropriate measure for your premises. In this case, it is advisable to utilise one of these systems.
Fire Suppression System Maintenance
Once you have a fire suppression system in place, it’s important to ensure that it is properly maintained. LPC Technical Bulletin TB203 outlines annual testing and professional checks as a minimum, but many businesses choose more common maintenance.
This means regularly checking and testing the system to make sure that it is still in good working order. Our team of experienced professionals use BAFE SP203 Part 3 and ISO9001:2015 regulations to ensure that your fire safety systems are maintained to the highest standard.
At Robinsons Facilities Services, we offer fire suppression system maintenance services to help you keep your workplace safe. We can work with you to design a maintenance schedule suitable to keep your Yorkshire-based business safe in the event of a fire.
Working across Yorkshire, we cover North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and offer a fast, efficient response time to all breakdowns and repairs. Contact us today for all planned, reactive maintenance or emergency call out. Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help
Fire Suppression FAQs
Fire suppression is any equipment or measure that can mitigate fire and suppress it, stopping it from spreading. For instance, fire doors and shutters that stop an existing fire from spreading.
Systems that include water are the most common types of fire suppression. These usually work by starting as soon as a fire alarm has been triggered. For example, a sprinkler system can use water to dampen and stop the fire from spreading through the building.
Fire protection is any act of reducing damage and being able to safely evacuate a building. Suppression is all about stopping the fire from spreading into other areas and growing once it has started.