The most effective way to control a fire is through a fully automated sprinkler system. Sprinkler systems can extinguish the blaze quickly, or prevent it from spreading until the fire department arrives. They automatically transmit an alarm and extinguish the fire. Sprinkler systems work only as and where needed.
A sprinkler system can be the difference between a minor interruption and a major catastrophe. Sprinklers save lives and protect your products, equipment, and more.
Sprinkler systems often rely on water to extinguish the blaze. The water is delivered by a network of pipes to the sprinkler heads, which opened to deliver the water. Sprinkler systems are often integrated to the fire alarm system, which warns occupants and summons the fire department automatically. Water sprinklers are common in office buildings, retail stores, and heated warehouses.
Sprinkler systems can also rely on dry chemicals to extinguish a fire. These are perfect for areas where water might freeze, like loading docks. For more information on dry chemicals, please see Services – Special Hazards.
Pre-action systems are often used in storage freezers and computer applications. These systems are activated by an automated detection system. Charged with air these pipes prevent the unwanted release of water into the risk.
Deluge systems work quickly to flood an area with water. These are used in areas where flammable liquids are handled and stored, aircraft hangars, and hazardous areas where water is the best fire suppression tool. The rate of water flow is determined by the predicted fire hazard.
Force Fire designs and installs effective sprinkler systems for a variety of applications. Before beginning, we undertake a careful analysis of the building, anticipated fire hazards, and the classifier that might be expected. From there, we design a sprinkler system that suits your needs and budget. After we install your system, you can trust us to perform regular testing, maintenance, and servicing.
Call Force Fire for your free consultation today. We design and install fire suppression systems for a variety of needs. We protect over 200 buildings in the Sydney area- we can protect yours too.
When fire breaks out, time is of the essence. Early detection is crucial to save lives, protect stock, and mitigate the damage to your business. Fire alarm systems can give early warning, allowing for fast evacuation. Automated systems also contact the fire department, initiate ventilation procedures, and even print a map to the blaze.
A detection device detects smoke, heat, and even manual input from pull stations. An alarm is then sounded, usually bells or horns. The alarm device may be equipped with speakers, allowing for voice communications systems.
Detector units rely on a number of clues to determine whether a fire is present. They work to detect heat, smoke, or flame. Some detect hazardous gases; others rely on the rate of temperature increase.
Once a fire is suspected, a signal is sent to the fire alarm panel. This panel receives the alarm signal; sounds the alarm; notifies the fire department and building management; closes fire doors; shuts down essential building systems; and starts ventilation devices, if applicable.
An Emergency Warning and Evacuation System is designed to evacuate the building in case of emergency. It is a critical element of any life-safety system. The evacuation alarm is triggered by either a signal from the fire alarm panel, or by the activation of a break-glass alarm. Warning sirens will sound in relevant areas, triggering the safe evacuation of personnel.
There are two different basic types of alarm system. Choose the one that’s best for you, based on your needs and budget.
Conventional-collective detector systems are the most cost-effective option. The detector units monitor the air for smoke. However, the detectors can be confused by non-fire phenomena, like tobacco smoke, steam, and dust. Each circuit can contain up to 40 detectors.
Analog addressable detector systems maintain constant communication with the fire alarm panel. The protected area is continuously monitored, seeking changes in temperature or air quality. If the fire is suspected, information is sent to the fire alarm panel which analyzes the signals. The fire alarm panel decides whether to trigger the alarm, allowing for safe evacuation of the building. Analogue addressable systems can also indicate the location of the fire.
Water-based fire suppression systems are the most common and the most cost effective. However, certain applications require special handling. Areas that contain sophisticated electronics, electrical equipment, or sensitive documentation require a different system than that used to fight an oil or grease fire.
Force Fire offers a variety of fire suppression systems for any application. We work with you to design and install a system that meets your needs and budget.
Clean Agent suppression system, also called a gaseous system, provides a waterless alternative to fire suppression. That makes it perfect for areas containing sensitive electronics and documents, telecommunication and military equipment. There’s no residue, no flood, and no mess to clean up after. Best of all, these gases are safe to breathe, so there’s no risk of suffocation.
Carbon dioxide fire suppression systems are an inexpensive and effective alternative for large unoccupied areas. This application is perfect for chemical storage, transformer rooms, turbines, generator plants, and food manufacturing facilities. The gas is stored in tanks and delivered to the site of the blaze through a system of pipes.
Water remains an effective and inexpensive method to fight some types of fire. Water is cheap and plentiful, and cleanup is easy. There are no harmful chemicals to sicken people. Water spray systems can be delivered using several methods. Often, a series of pipes leads to a sprinkler system.
Pre-engineered foam fire suppression systems are most commonly used on fuel fires, though are effective on a wide range of blazes. They create a frothy blanket that covers the flames, smothering them. For this reason, foam is often used in aircraft hangars, maintenance garages, and the steel industry.
Wet chemical fire suppression systems react with hot oil, extinguishing the fire quickly. This system is common in food manufacturing facilities and commercial kitchens. Installed near the cooking appliances and duct work, it reacts quickly to tame the blaze.
To find the best fire suppression system for your needs, Force Fire carefully considers many variables – the building occupancy, all potential fire hazards, and class of fire that may be expected. Contact Force Fire today for your free consultation. We make it easy to protect yourself.
Portable fire extinguishers are the first line of defense. They can extinguish small fires, quickly and effectively. Australian law mandates that portable fire extinguishers be installed in all workplaces, whether or not other fire suppression systems are in place. We also recommend that commercial vehicles be outfitted with portable fire extinguishers.
Portable fire extinguishers are installed in high traffic areas, often on the wall. This allows easy access in case of an emergency. All employees should be trained in the proper use of portable fire extinguishers; instructions are printed on the side.
Fire hydrants and hose reels provide a fast, effective way to deliver large quantities of water to the scene of a fire.
Force Fire starts by analyzing your needs and building to determine the solution that is right for you. Using that information, we design a hose reel system that provides maximum protection for your business. We install all necessary equipment – water tanks, pumps, pipes, hose reels, and/or hydrant outlets.
No matter what fire suppression system you choose, regular maintenance and testing is essential. Australian law requires that fire protection and suppression systems be regularly tested to ensure they are in prime working order.
Force Fire’s trained and accredited personnel test all systems and equipment to ensure they comply with Australian Standards and building codes. Components that are worn are repaired and replaced as needed.
All work that is performed on systems or equipment is recorded in the Certificate of Inspection or the site Fire Equipment Log Book. This provides an accurate, up-to-date record to satisfy all legal requirements.
Contact Force Fire today, and tell us about your fire protection and fire suppression systems. We work hard to protect you, your employees, your stock and buildings from danger. All Force Fire personnel are fully trained and accredited in fire safety systems. We help you meet the legal obligations listed in the current Australian Building Codes and Australian Standards.
Key standards include the following:
AS1851.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets
AS1851.2 Fire Hose Reels
AS1851.3 Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
AS1851.4 Fire Hydrant Installations
AS1851.5 Automatic Smoke / Heat Venting Systems
AS1851.10 Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems
AS1851.11 Halon 1301 Total Flood Systems
AS1851.12 Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems
AS1851.13 Wheeled Fire Extinguishers
AS1851.14 Pumpset Systems
AS1851.15 Local Fire Alarm Systems