What is a Clean Agent?
A clean agent is considered an electrically nonconductive, volatile, or gaseous fire extinguishant that does not leave a residue upon evaporation.
CO2 and other clean agents such as Novec 1230, FM-200, FE-13, and Argonite are able to safely put out fires without the use of water and don’t leave behind any residue. They are also safe for the environment. Clean agents are usually used in places where special hazards exist such as server rooms, power plants, control rooms, and museums.
Nonetheless, there are still some differences.
- Hazardous in occupied spaces due to oxygen depletion
-The range of concentrations needed to extinguish various fuel fires with CO2 is between 34 and 72% v/v, with resulting oxygen concentrations being between 15.7 and 8.1%.
-Exposures to carbon dioxide concentrations of 2530% v/v will quickly lead to unconsciousness, convulsions, and death within seconds.
- More installation space required due to the size of the tanks
Other Clean Agents
- Generally safe in occupied spaces
– Other clean agents such as Novec 1230, FM-200, FE-13, and Argonite are generally safe to be discharged with people present.
- less installation space needed
Fire Systems Inc. inspects and installs many types of clean agent systems like FM-200, FE-13, Argonite, Inergen, and Halocarbon. Fire Systems Inc also offers Halon recycling.
Halon production was banned in 1994 due to its harmful effects on the environment, so it must be handled very carefully. Although it is no longer manufactured, it is still acceptable to use the agent in your suppression system. We also offer Halon recycling for our customers who wish to remove these older systems.
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