Installing a fire suppression system in your commercial building can be instrumental in keeping blazes under control should they ever occur. There are many different types of fire suppression systems, each of which has a series of advantages that may appeal to your specific situation. A common type of system dispenses water when there's a fire, but water isn't the only way to put out a fire. There are many systems that dispense carbon dioxide, or CO2. Fires need oxygen to burn, and when the air around the fire is quickly filled with CO2, the fire will burn out. Here are some advantages of choosing a CO2 fire suppression system.
The Post-Fire Cleanup Is Minimal
While a fire suppression system that dispenses water can be effective, you shouldn't overlook the damage that countless gallons of water poured into your building can cause. While the fire itself can cause serious damage, the water that quells the fire can also be problematic. For example, the water can ruin walls, flooring, furniture, and many other elements in the room. In the case of a fire localized to just one corner of the room, you may need to fully renovate the entire room because of water damage. A major reason why many people favor CO2 systems is that they don't cause damage. This means that the post-fire cleanup can be minimal, depending on the size of the fire.
Useful In Buildings Without Water
Most buildings are equipped with water pipes, which means that you can connect a water-based fire suppression system. This isn't always the case, however. There are some buildings that don't have access to water. For example, if you have several warehouses, you may have some that don't have plumbing. This means that you can't use a water-based system, but you can definitely use a CO2 system because this system runs off a series of tanks that hold this gas.
Valuable Against Multiple Types Of Fires
There are several different types of fires that can occur in commercial buildings. When you choose a fire suppression system, it's important to select one that will be effective against the fires that could occur at the location. Water, for example, is generally ineffective against grease fires. CO2 is effective against gas, oil, and grease fires, among others. If one or more of these types of fires is a potential risk in your building, a CO2 fire suppression system will be a good choice.
Contact a resource like Echo Fire Protection to learn more.