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Specialized Suppression Systems

Specialized Suppression Systems

In today's computer and high-technology environments, many businesses have special fire-protection requirements driven by the need to protect expensive equipment. In highly­ sensitive information or industrial environments, even a small fire can be disastrous. Secure Fire & Safety provides a broad range of suppression systems to fit every application – from data storage and computer rooms to flammable liquid storage and industrial equipment. 

Regardless of the system, a program of regular inspection, testing, and maintenance is required to ensure proper operation. A variety of national, state, and local codes applies, depending on the type of facility, occupancy, and hazard classification.

The following National Fire Protection Association publications serve as the basis for detailing minimum requirements:

  • NFPA 12 - CO2 Systems

  • NFPA 12A - Halon 1301 Systems

  • NFPA 17 - Dry Chemical Systems

  • NFPA 2001 - Clean Agent Systems

  • NFPA 72 - National Fire Alarm Code

The four basic requirements for compliance are:

  1. A Monthly System Inspection

  2. A Semiannual or Annual Testing and Maintenance

  3. Recordkeeping

  4. Training and Education for Personnel

A Monthly System Inspection

The facility owner is required to have the system visually inspected monthly to assess the suppression system's operational condition. This is intended to provide reasonable assurance that the system is ready for use and operable. An inspection should include a review of all pressure gauges for normal pressure, a control panel showing "normal-ready" condition, tank and shutoff valves in an open position, and all detectors and nozzles in place and free from obstruction.

Semiannual Testing & Maintenance

All systems are required to be tested and maintained semiannually or annually per code requirements and manufacturers' standards, depending on the system in use. Major areas of testing include:

  • Control panel function

  • Battery checking for charge and corrosion

  • Testing all manual stations for operation

  • Testing all detectors for operation, including a sensitivity testing of all smoke detectors

  • Testing all abort stations for operation

  • Testing all audiovisual devices for operation

  • Testing discharge sequence and releasing devices

  • Checking quantity or pressure of agent in storage containers


A testing and maintenance report is required to be on-site for the life of the system. Records of inspections, tests, and maintenance of the system and its components must be made available to the authority having jurisdiction upon request.

Training & Education

All personnel working in an area protected by a suppression system must be trained regarding agent safety issues and how to respond in case of a discharge. Secure Fire & Safety will develop and administer a customized training program for your employees that will meet OSHA requirements and provide peace of mind in an emergency.

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