For Special Hazards Services, call (800) 513-7804
Special Hazards can be declared a room or a piece of equipment and generally occur in areas with a high concentration of technical equipment, such as data centers and testing facilities. Special hazards offer unique solutions for these areas if traditional fire alarms and sprinkler systems cannot adequately protect the designated area.
Total Fire Protection will consult with you to create a tailored plan to provide a safe and effective fire protection system that will meet your specific needs.
Special hazard systems are defined as but not limited to:
- Any area containing equipment or processes of exceptionally high value
- Any area containing unique or irreplaceable assets, such as museums and archives
- Any area or process area where the revenue produced or its function is of greater value than the equipment itself
Special hazards fire protection systems:
- Quickly detect an incipient fire or heat condition
- Suppress fires when sprinklers are not appropriate as the first and only means of fire protection
- Protect people and provide early notice for evacuation
- Limit the loss of assets, information, equipment, and revenue
- Require uniquely trained and qualified personnel to design, install, service, and maintain these systems
Types of Special Hazard Fire Protection Offered by TFP:
Clean agents suppress fires using a waterless gaseous system. This type of system offers very effective extinguishing agents without any residual effects to the area protected. They are life-safe in design and will not disrupt normal business activities.
Inert gases extinguish fires using a compressed gas system by reducing the amount of oxygen in the area. This system is quite effective on all electrical equipment and difficult environments where gas systems are not ideal. They are electrically non-conductive and in most cases life-safe by design, without environmental issues. Specific systems are even effective on flammable metal fires like sodium and lithium.
CO2 CARBON DIOXIDE
Carbon dioxide suppresses fires using a gaseous system from local application to specific equipment or a total flooding system. This type of system offers an effective fire extinguisher without any residual effects to the area protected. They are not designed for occupied areas and will not disrupt normal business activities.
Water mist extinguishes fires using less than 1000 micron-sized droplets of water. This system offers effective protection with minimal mess, as compared to standard fire sprinklers. These systems are lower cost than gas systems. They have no environmental impact and minimal water damage if a fire occurs.
Foam extinguishes fires by cooling and coating the fuel source. This type of system is used for the protection of Class B (Flammable Liquids Polar Solvents and Hydrocarbon) fires. Many types of foam are used, including low expansion foam in fixed systems and high expansion in enclosed spaces like aircraft hangars. There are also foam systems effective on Class A fires by lowering the surface tension of water to better saturate the surface.
Dry chemicals extinguish fires with a chemical commonly found in portable fire extinguishers. These systems offer cost-effective protection for industrial paint spray, flammable dipping, and mixing and storage areas. These are also designed for fueling areas and off-road vehicle systems. Dry chemical systems are more affordable than sprinklers and are much more effective than water.
A deluge system is a water mist system using open spray heads attached to a piping system connected to a water supply through a valve. It opens utilizing a detection system installed in the same area as the spray heads.
Special Hazards Products Offered by TFP:
FIKE CLEAN AGENTS
- Novec 1230
- Ecaro 25
- Inert Gas
VESDA ASPIRATING SMOKE DETECTION
OPTICAL FLAME DETECTION
LINEAR THERMAL DETECTION
FIRETRACE (CLEAN AGENT, CO2 & DRY CHEMICAL)
- Machining and EDM hazards
- Shuttles and conveyors, specialty hood and industrial applications
- Dust/mist collection systems
- Vehicle-based applications – Deicers, Engine compartments
PRE-ENGINEERED DRY CHEMICAL
PRE-ACTION SPRINKLER RELEASING SERVICE
Testing and Inspections for Special Hazards Systems:
TFP provides testing and inspections for your Special Hazard fire protection systems. Our highly trained technicians can provide inspections of your system on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis depending on local regulations and insurance. Regular inspections can identify missing, damaged, or obstructed devices, incorrect or damaged wiring, system additions or modifications, and trouble conditions that may exist at the Special Hazard suppression control panel.
Along with your special hazard fire protection system TOTAL FIRE & SECURITY can install a fire alarm and detection system to make sure you are prepared for a fire. We also provide 24-hour fire alarm and security monitoring for your facility.
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