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FAQs - Fire Suppression

The design, installation and maintenance of fire protection systems for server rooms or and datacentre environments.

The costs to recharge a discharged or partially discharged fire suppression system depend upon its design. We provide a recharge service and would need to know the type of system installed, the number of cylinders, their location and of course the fire suppression agent require. We would normally carry out a site survey before quoting as part of our risk assessment and method statement.

It is mandatory by law to test a fire suppression system fitted to any building. Within a critical environment like a server room or datacentre we would recommend one to two inspections per year for maintenance and testing. Routine inspection and preventative maintenance will ensure your system is fully operational and ready to help protect your server facility and the people working within it from the risks associated with a fire.

Your server room facility may include sprinkler system components. The sprinkler head will contain a bulb with a coloured liquid inside that acts as a plug to prevent water from escaping. Heat rises and as the temperature increases from the fire, the heat expands the liquid which expands and eventually forces the bulb to burst, releasing the water in the sprinkler system. There are different coloured liquids for different temperature triggers including: orange, red, yellow, green, blue, purple and black. Sprinkler systems cannot be activated by smoke or dust even though the bulbs themselves are designed to be very fragile. Even tampering can set them off.

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