While fire suppression is an important aspect of safety for many contractors, it's also important to consider maintenance time when building a fire suppression system. There are many fire suppression systems that feature low maintenance and great reliability. Here are some of the features to consider for your fire suppression system.
Choose Systems With Few Moving Parts
One factor that affects your system's reliability is the number of moving parts that need to be maintained. Especially in construction, there are several ways to add fire protection without complicating your maintenance rituals. For instance, building firewalls into your existing structure or adding fireproof doors between flammable materials and heat sources is a great, low-maintenance option to prevent fires.
Avoid Chemicals When Possible
Chemical fire suppression is popular with many industries, but you have to consider that these chemicals need to be routinely checked and replaced to make sure they are still active. Air-based fire suppression systems are one alternative to a chemical-based system; pressurized air is sprayed on the flames instead of carbon monoxide or another chemical substance. However, pressurized air does come with its own challenges in maintaining the pressure system, so speak with your contractor to choose the option that's best for your maintenance skills and comfort level.
Choose Automatic Systems
Another way to make your fire suppression system more sustainable is to choose features that act on their own. Some fire suppression systems can be triggered by flame or heat so that you get the protection without having to be present to put action into place. Some systems can also act as an alarm to alert the fire department when they are triggered.
Hire a Maintenance Person
No matter which system you pick, it is hard to avoid maintenance entirely; instead, you may want to hire a contractor who understands your building's layout and can do routine checks to make sure the fire suppression systems are adequate and functioning. It's often good to bring this inspector on board from the beginning so that they can see how your systems are designed and give expert advice on changing their structure. With yearly inspections from a qualified technician, you can rest easy knowing that your system is working for you.
Choosing the right fire suppression system can be difficult when there are many different mechanisms and price points. Speak with your contractor about these options that provide easy fire prevention.