Special Hazard Fire Protection
In many situations, fire sprinklers are adequate for providing building-wide fire protection. However, some fires spread when you spray water on them. In other instances, delicate equipment or artifacts could be destroyed by water. To prevent unnecessary damage, you may need a fire suppression system that can extinguish fires in special hazard areas without using water.
If you need special hazard fire protection in your Houston building, call Kauffman Co. at (713) 893-1090 to discuss your options.
What is a Special Hazard Area?
Your entire building or a specific room inside could be considered a special hazard area if extinguishing a fire with water would do more harm than good. This includes any area containing systems or processes of exceptionally high value, buildings storing flammable liquids or irreplaceable artifacts, and rooms where the equipment inside generates substantial revenue.
Examples of special hazard areas include:
- Server rooms
- Process control rooms
- Manufacturing and testing facilities
- Commercial kitchens
- Auto body shops
- Aircraft hangars
- Hazardous chemical storage areas
- Libraries, museums, art galleries, and archive buildings
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What Does Special Hazard Fire Protection Do?
With a properly designed and installed special hazard fire protection system, you can expect your equipment to:
- Quickly detect heat and fire in its early stages.
- Suppress fires in areas where water isn’t an appropriate extinguishing agent.
- Protect the people in your building.
- Promote fast business recovery following a fire.
- Limit the loss of property, data, and revenue.
Types of Special Hazard Fire Protection Systems
Due to the wide range of special hazards that exist and the differing requirements of each one, Kauffman Co. offers multiple types of fire protection systems to meet your needs. These include:
Deluge, Foam, ESFR, and Pre-Action Fire sprinklers
In some cases, water is a suitable extinguishing agent, but regular fire sprinklers aren’t good enough. In this case, we can install:
- Deluge sprinklers to saturate the entire area with water as quickly as possible
- Foam sprinklers to douse fire with a water/foam mixture
- Early suppression fast response (ESFR) sprinklers for high-piled storage facilities
- Pre-action sprinklers that require a two-step trigger to prevent damage from accidental activation
This type of system smothers fires by separating the fuel from its oxygen source. Large quantities of foam fire suppressant can be stored in a concentrated form, which expands once released to cover a wide area.
The production of new Halon has been banned since 1994. However, if you need your system inspected, repaired, or recharged, we can perform these services. We also offer Halon system replacement if you’re ready to upgrade to a more environmentally friendly fire suppression option.
Install Special Hazard Fire Protection in Your Houston Building
For assistance selecting, designing, and installing the right type of special hazard fire protection system for your Houston building, call Kauffman Co. today. With over 35 years of experience to draw from, you can trust us to be your fire protection partner. Choose us for all your special hazard fire protection needs, and we’ll ensure everything is taken care of!
To learn more, or to schedule a consultation at your Houston-area business, please contact Kauffman Co.
We provide estimates for new and replacement fire protection systems throughout Texas:
- Deer Park
- Galena Park
- Jacinto City
- La Marque
- La Porte
- Lake Charles, LA
- Lake Jackson
- League City
- Missouri City
- Port Arthur
- San Antonio
- South Houston
- Sugar Land
- Texas City
- The Woodlands
For more information, contact us online or call us now at (713) 893-1090.