Environmentally friendly fire protection is a major consideration for businesses throughout the world. If you own a business that is large enough to require an inbuilt fire suppression system – using either sprinklers or some sort of inert gas – you should consider your options carefully with respect to their environmental impacts.
Different fire suppression systems have very different potential environmental impacts. Some are based on harmful or toxic chemicals that are extremely polluting and harmful for the atmosphere. Others use excessive amounts of water that simply aren’t necessary. With this in mind, here are a few of the best environmentally fire protection systems on the market:
Systems Using Inert Gases
Gaseous fire suppression systems are becoming more and more popular in Australia and throughout the world. They work by starving a fire of the oxygen that it needs to burn, essentially causing it to go out due to a lack of fuel.
There are plenty of different inert-gas based fire suppression systems out there. However, you need to be very careful which ones you choose. Some contain harmful gases that can contribute to global warming. Others are damaging to the ozone layer. Look for a system that uses a harmless gas with no negative environmental impacts such as ozone.
Sprinkler Mist Systems
Water is one of our most valuable resources, with water shortages currently occurring throughout the world. Many older style sprinkler systems used a lot of water to try and extinguish a fire, but they actually aren’t all that efficient.
Newer sprinkler systems are based on comprehensive research into the best way to use water to suppress and extinguish a fire. Instead of simply spraying water everywhere, they disperse it as a fine mist which has been shown to be a lot more effective. Systems like this use less water than older sprinkler styles, meaning that they are a lot more environmentally friendly.
Why Should I Use Environmentally Friendly Fire Protection Systems?
If you’re serious about running a successful business in Australia, then you need to have at least some sort of environmental policy. Using environmentally friendly fire suppression systems has the following benefits:
- Your business will be more attractive to conscious consumers who are aware of the environmental footprint associated with their purchases.
- You will be doing your bit to both reduce global warming and reduce the destruction of the ozone layer.
- Environmentally friendly fire protection systems are generally better for human health, meaning that they present significantly less health risks than older style systems.
If you’re serious about reducing your business’s environmental impact, then you should consider installing an environmentally friendly fire protection system. Both gaseous and water mist based systems can be used, and you should speak to your local fire safety expert to find out which ones are most suited to your needs.