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Clean Gas Fire Extinguishers

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Clean Gas Fire Extinguishers

The perfect choice for areas containing sensitive equipment such as server or computer rooms, data storage areas, aviation and telecoms industries, or even in the world of art and antiques, clean agent fire extinguishers spray out a gas which causes absolutely no damage and leaves no residue. This makes them ideal for reducing collateral damage when tackling a fire.

A versatile choice for tackling a range of different fires, clean agent fire extinguishers are generally suitable for Class A, B, C, and electrical fires (although commonly only fire rated for live electrics and flammable liquids). Traditionally available as an automatic fire extinguisher which activates on its own in the event of a fire, it now also comes in the form of a traditional portable fire extinguisher.

What Is A Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher?

When Halon fire extinguishers were banned in the UK, clean agent fire extinguishers were introduced to fill the gap that was left in the market. Causing zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential), clean agent fire extinguishers are the world’s most advanced extinguisher, while also being one of the eco-friendliest choices available – unlike their predecessors which were harmful to the environment.

The main benefit of these extinguishers is that they are damage free. Foam is messy to clean up, powder causes corrosion and makes a mess, and water will flood. But, clean agent fire extinguishers completely eliminate each of the aforementioned issues. This makes this type of extinguisher ideal for sensitive equipment as it will cause no additional damage – ensuring that even after a fire, quick action could mean that the item is salvageable, including data.

Do Clean Gas Fire Extinguishers Work?

Extinguishing a fire by smothering and cooling the flames, clean agent fire extinguishers essentially operate in a similar way to CO2 extinguishers. Containing the suppressant as liquid under pressure within the cannister, it then turns to gas on discharge with the air. This makes this type of extinguisher suitable for spraying through mesh or a grill, which means that you can tackle a fire on the safe side of a closed door. This then prevents a rush of oxygen which would make the problem far worse.

Due to the banning of Halon and FE36 gases, which have been found to negatively impact the ozone layer, our clean agent fire extinguishers now employ a coolant liquid known as FK-5-1-12. This coolant is discharged as a liquid but rapidly evaporates, effectively extinguishing the flames by cooling the fire's source. The advantage of this coolant is that it leaves no residue behind, ensuring minimal damage.

What Type of Clean Agent Fire Extinguishers Should I Have?

We offer two types of clean agent fire extinguishers: hand-operated and automatic-release extinguishers. The choice between them depends on the specific location you wish to protect. For areas like server cupboards or engine rooms, where people are generally not present, an automatic fire extinguisher is the optimal solution. It releases its contents without requiring human intervention, minimizing the risk of exacerbating the fire by opening a door. Moreover, it ensures an immediate response, even outside of working hours, thereby reducing the potential harm to individuals.

However, it is also important to have portable fire extinguishers readily available. These can be crucial if someone discovers a fire before the automatic extinguisher is triggered, allowing for prompt action to potentially save valuable equipment. Additionally, in the event that someone becomes trapped by flames, a portable extinguisher enables individuals to suppress the fire and safely evacuate.


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