Fire Suppression FAQs
Q: How does Fire Suppression Work?
A: To extinguish a fire, one of its four components must be suppressed or removed. In other words, either the heat must
be reduced, the fuel and oxygen removed, or the chemical reaction disrupted. There are several different fire
suppression agents that can accomplish this which we use in our custom engineered fire suppression systems.
Q: Do you provide training for fire suppression systems?
Once we have installed your fire suppression system, a technician will provide operational training to the appropriate
building personnel. The training would include applicable control panel operation, abort functions, trouble procedures,
supervisory procedures, auxiliary functions and emergency procedures. We can also provide 24/7 alarm monitoring for
your system once it is installed as well.
Q: What is a clean agent?
Clean agents extinguish fire as a gas and are electrically non-conductive. This makes them ideal for protecting
electronics and various high-value assets. They are uniquely suited for extinguishing fires in small spaces such as
cabinets or electrical components inside of equipment and are also ideal in large scale applications such as
semiconductor facilities or data centers. Clean agents do not leave behind a residue, which eliminated the need for
clean-up and limits downtime. Some of the more commonly known clean agents are FM-200 and Novec 1230.
Q: Are clean agent suppression systems harmful to the environment?
Todays clean agents are non-ozone depleting and safe for the environment.
Q: Is clean agent fire suppression safe for people?
Clean agents are safe to use in occupied areas. They have undergone extensive toxicity testing to prove that they are
compatible with people. While NFPA recommends always exiting the hazard area in the event of a fire, it is important
that people not be harmed by the fire suppression system.
Q: Do you install fire sprinklers?
We do install a specialized water vapor system called the Victaulic Vortex, which is a mixture of water vapor and nitrogen.
We do not, however, install the traditional fire sprinklers that are commonly found in apartments or other commercial
buildings. We are often sub-contracted to design and install the smoke detection and fire alarm components involved
with these types of systems.
Q: What is a hydrostatic test?
A: This is a test performed to determine the strength and leak-resistance of a pressurized vessel, pipe, or other hollow
equipment such as a fire extinguisher or CO2 cylinder. This kind of test is performed by pressutizing the equipment with
water or other test liquid. By performing a hydrostatic test, we can test the integrity of a cylinder or extinguisher and
determine whether it poses any safety threats.
Dry Ice FAQs
Q: How long will dry ice last?
Since dry ice is constantly sublimating (changing from a solid to a gas), you will have the best results if you purchase your
dry ice the same day that you are planning to use it. In cases where this may not be possible, your dry ice will last
overnight if properly contained in a Styrofoam box or cooler. Your ice will last even a day or so past this time, but each
day you will notice that your dry ice will lose it's quality with each day. Read our storage tips for dry ice to see how to
properly store your dry ice.
Q: How do you break up dry ice into smaller chunks?
Our shop staff can slice your dry ice for you to suit your needs. A 50 pound block, which is about a cubic foot, can be
sliced as small as 1 inch slices and can then be turned and sliced in half. If you need to break the ice into smaller pieces
from there, you can use a hammer, small pick-ax, cleaver or something similar. You would not want to use anything
plastic, rubber or brittle, as the dry ice is so cold that it could cause damage to such materials. You should always
exercise caution when handling dry ice and you should never touch dry ice with your bare hands. Read more safety tips
for handling dry ice.
Q: How many pounds of dry ice do I need to make a witch's brew?
If you are just wanting to create a small effect for a short period of time, our 20 pound minimum sale should be plenty for
you. 20 pounds of dry ice is going to be about the size of a 200 page paperback book. If you are wanting to create the
effect over a long span of time, say all evening, you may want to double or triple that amount.
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