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4 Commonly Used Fire Suppression Systems

4 Commonly Used Fire Suppression Systems

Fire suppression systems detect, extinguish, reduce, and control fires using various substances, including water, chemicals, and gases.

If you’re looking for a fire safety system to install in your commercial building for fire emergencies, then a fire suppression system is for you. Fire suppression systems detect, extinguish, reduce, and control fires using various substances, including water, chemicals, and gases. Fire suppression systems are key fire safety systems installed in commercial properties to reduce the risk of injuries, death, and property damage. Listed below are four fire suppression systems commonly used in commercial properties.


When it comes to fire suppression systems, water is one of the most common and inexpensive types installed in commercial properties, including businesses, offices, and buildings. You can choose two options: an automatic sprinkler system that turns on immediately after it senses smoke, heating temperatures, and fire—or a manual sprinkler system that has to be physically turned on for it to work. Both fire sprinkler systems can be extremely effective methods for eliminating and preventing the spread of fires.

Here are four common types of water-based sprinkler systems:

  • Wet pipe sprinkler systems
  • Dry pipe sprinkler systems
  • Pre-action fire sprinkler systems
  • Deluge sprinkler systems

Chemical Agents

While water suppression systems are a standard option for putting out fires, there are also a variety of chemical agents that are just as effective. For instance, potassium carbonate is a wet chemical often found in fire extinguishers that can be used to put out fires. There are also dry chemical fire suppression systems that can quickly extinguish fires and reduce the chance of reignition. Chemical fire suppression systems are a great way to put out fires without dealing with the consequences of water damage.

Inert Gases

Since fires spread when there’s a steady supply of oxygen, inert gases such as argon, nitrogen, and helium function by removing enough oxygen in the air to prevent a fire. Inert gas fire suppression systems are considered clean gas fire suppression systems that are safe for people, the environment, and equipment helping reduce the risk of damage often caused by other fire suppression systems like water.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

Carbon dioxide (CO2) fire suppression systems are another gas suppression system used to put out fires. It’s fairly inexpensive compared to other clean agents and is considered one of the oldest clean agent systems. Like inert gas suppression systems, carbon dioxide puts out fires by removing the oxygen in the air, except it can cause suffocation, making it a safety hazard for building occupants. Carbon dioxide fire suppression systems are generally used in industrial settings where safety risks are more manageable.

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