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Fire Suppression

Data center fire suppression is more than a few sprinkler heads and a cool-sounding alarm. Rather it is about risk, budget, and a little common sense coming together to meet business continuity outcomes.

Fire Suppression systems are governed by the codes under the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Fire Suppression Systems are commonly used on heavy power equipment and mission critical facilities. Suppression systems use a combination of dry chemicals and/or wet agents to suppress equipment fires. Suppression systems have become a necessity to several industries as they help control damage and loss to equipment. Common means of detection are through heat sensors, wiring, or manual detection (depending on system selection).

Before purchasing a fire suppression system, it’s important to understand what it is you’re trying to achieve. Yes, you’re trying to put out future fires, but that is an incomplete requirement. The real business requirement is to put out the fire and get your business back up and running within hours.

The components of a business-friendly suppression system include:
• A detection system that detects actual fires and not a leak in your cooling system
• An alarm that includes both a loud noise and flashing lights (a regulatory requirement in most jurisdictions)
• Portable fire extinguishers placed in critical locations
• Emergency power-off switch
• Emergency suppression system delay or cancel
• A suppression agent that doesn’t destroy your equipment; and doesn’t take so long to clean up that you pass right by your maximum tolerable downtime threshold

Like all physical security controls, the number of dollars you spend and the system you select depend on the business risk you are willing to accept. With that in mind, let Guardian Power take a closer look at the elements of your data center fire suppression solutions including:

• Detection Systems
• Alarms
• Portable fire extinguishers
• Emergency power off switch
• Suppression agent

Implementing fire suppression as a physical security control requires knowledge of business risk acceptance, understanding of maximum tolerable downtime, and the right budget. Guardian Power’s professional team will provide you with a project or site analysis to determine what the best practices, solutions, and budgeted expenses should be when considering protection for your facilities. We work as your partner to protect your critical facility against unexpected disasters and downtime.