FAQ – Gas Suppression extinguishant systems

FAQ – Gas Suppression extinguishant systems? CGL understand that there are a number of frequently asked questions about gas suppression extinguishant systems used to prevent fire damage that need to be answered in order to increase the understanding of our products and services. We aim to build a lasting and trusting relationship with all our customers, so we’ve put together a long list of Questions and Answers in order to help do so. If we’ve missed anything out, feel free to contact us or ask us a question via Twitter!

Q. Would the extinguishant used in your inert fire suppression system damage any delicate electronic equipment within the vicinity of a discharge?

A. No, the Novec 1230 used is totally inert, it is designed by 3M specifically for this application and would not damage any sensitive electronic equipment.

Q. Could dry powder extinguishant be used in your fire suppression system?

A. Yes, our system uses Centrimax ABC powder manufactured by Croda Fire Fighting Chemicals Ltd. Each application is taken on its own merits with the best suppressant/extinguishant chosen for that application. For more technical information, click here.

Q. Could CO2 be used in your system?

A. Yes, we have systems that use CO2, (Carbon Dioxide, supplied by Cryoservice Limited), gas which can work out much cheaper than inert systems. Each application is taken on its own merits with the best suppressant/extinguishant chosen for that application.

Q. How long would it take to install your Novec 1230 fire suppression system to a full height 45U data cabinet?

A. Broadly speaking a full system like this takes a day including for commissioning, but if there are several racks at the same location then these could be carried out at the same time which would make the systems cheaper overall. Basically allow for one day on a well populated 45U rack.

Q. Could I use the CGL fire suppression system to reduce the fire risk of a Spark Eroder?

A. Yes, the CGL fire suppression system is ideal for this type of machine due its endless adaptability. You may be best with the indirect system. Almost all of our fire suppression systems are bespoke in one way or another and can be adopted into all kinds of engineering machines and plant. Just give us a call on 01509 341971 or email us at info@cgascoigne.co.uk we will be happy to help.

Q. I own several chicken sheds which have a very dry and dusty environment and are particularly susceptible to fire. Could you suggest any ways in which we could reduce the fire risk?

A. Yes, this system has been fitted to several chicken shed electrical control panels to reduce the fire risk of an electrical cabinet fire.

Q. We have several data racks all in one server room, four to be exact. Would we have to purchase four separate systems or is there a cheaper way to protect all the racks?

A. Yes, we should be able to protect all four racks with one 2kg cylinder of Novec 1230, although this is at the upper limit of one system so any further racks would require a further system adding. This would give you maximum return on your investment and make for a very cheap system. Please bear in mind though that if you required per rack level alarms you would need to fit a system to each rack as the pressure switches which trigger the alarms are built into the main dump valve on the cylinder which means only one cylinder can be monitored not each rack. I hope that makes sense, if not please don’t hesitate in contacting us on telephone number 01509 341971 and we can explain all.

Q. I run a small engineering business where we have several CNC machines which leave behind flammable swarf. The machines are largely left unattended for long periods of time which can extend to overnight periods. Would it be possible to protect the machines and have an off site warning system if one is discharged?

A. Yes, we can easily protect the machines from fire and there are several ways to give off site warnings including SIM relays, radio relays, and many others depending on what site infrastructure is available. Please call us on 01509 341971 to discuss in more details.

Q. What sort of maintenance is required with CGL’s fire suppression systems?

A. Maintenance is minimal, it is recommended that the user visually checks the system every three months with an annual inspection by CGL to maintain warranties. A total system discharge is required in year 5 to comply with British Standard, BS 5306.

Q. I have noticed on your web site that the system can be used on engines, could I use it to protect my boat engine? I have a small cabin cruiser.

A. Yes, we could use a dry powder system to protect your boat engine.

Q. I look after a University laboratory where we have several fume cupboards which the students periodically like to try and set fire to. Do you think your fire suppression system could be used to protect these against future fires?

A. Yes, please read, the fume cupboard testimonial on our site. The system has proven very effective in the fire prevention to fume cupboards and pharmaceutical laboratories.

Q. I look after and maintain several mission critical standby generators, could we protect the generator sets using your fire suppression system?

A. Yes, the system is ideal for protecting generators against fire.

Q. We recently had a fire inside an electrical distribution board, your system looks an ideal solution for fire risk protection but would you need to isolate the electrics to the distribution board to install the system?

A. This would not normally be the case as we employ fully qualified electricians to install the system. Obviously there will be cases where we would need to isolate if there were exposed live parts. Each individual job would be taken on its own merits. You may wish to consider fitting a contactor, (electro mechanical switch), to the supply to the Distribution Board, (DB), supply though so if the fire suppression system is discharged due to a fire it has the capability of shutting down the DB. Give us a call on 01509 341971 to discuss the technicalities as this could lead to further dangers.

Q. I have some equipment run from a diesel engine in a remote building which has no electricity, would it be possible to protect the engine and equipment with your fire suppression system and also monitor the status of the system?

A. Yes, no problem, the fire suppression system requires no electricity to operate, the telemetry system, (alarm), could be supplied in several ways and the signal could be delivered using SIM relays, radio frequencies etc. Give us a call to discuss the options in more detail. Telephone 01509 341971.

Q. Would you travel to Devon to install your fire suppression system to our production line electrical PLC and MCC cabinets?

A. Yes, no bother. You could take some photos of the cabinets and send some measurements via email in order for us to give you some budget figures. Our email address is: info@cgascoigne.co.uk.

Q. We run a small coach business and I have noticed from your web site that your fire suppression system has been fitted to buses. Would it possible to fit the system to our fleet of coaches? We are based in Scotland.

A. No problem, send us some details or give us a call.

Q. We have some quite unique experimental equipment, would you be interested in having a look with a view to fitting your fire suppression system to protect it?

A. Yes, we would need to come and visit your site and have a look. The system can usually be adopted to most applications, I feel sure we could help. Send your contact details along with a brief description of the equipment to be protected and some photos and we will call you back to arrange a site visit.