Special Hazard Fire Suppression or Traditional Sprinkler Systems

Advantages and disadvantages of special hazard fire suppression systems

One of the biggest advantages which special hazard fire suppression systems have enabled is that of early warning fire detection. Due to the advances in technology, specialized systems can detect smoke or fire quickly, neutralizing the threat, mitigating damage, and protecting personnel. This saves time from unnecessary work-stoppages and reduces costs due to excessive clean-ups.

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The different choice of fire suppression agents demonstrates yet another advantage of these systems. Dupont FE-25 clean agent utilizes a special compound that increases efficiency by 15-25% and reduces agent expenditure by 20-28% over other industry-leading agents. Not only does this allow for fire suppression to occur efficiently but is also cost-effective and non-toxic to the environment. 

There are some disadvantages associated with special hazard fire protection systems, though. Some parts must be replaced after each triggered event, storage tanks for the suppression agent must be refilled, and the additional technology involved can become costly. It’s important to determine if the risk outweighs the costs.

Choosing the optimal system

Regardless of whether you choose a traditional fire sprinkler system, special hazards system, or a combination of the two, it is imperative that you first understand the strengths and weaknesses, as well as the impact of your choice.

You want a system that not only protects your facilities, equipment, and personnel quickly and efficiently, while minimizing water damage and cleanup costs.


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