Fire Suppression for Ducts

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Ducting in the manufacturing sector is abundant. It is used to remove heat, noxious fumes, dust, and other contaminants. It is also a central component in HVAC systems. The food production industry uses ducts to ventilate the smoke and odors produced during the cooking process.

Ducts travel all over the facility. They are like a miniature super-highway that lets air move with the least resistance to its final destination. This style of construction is what makes them so efficient.

The Fire Risk

It is in this super-highway style of construction where the fire risk lies. Unless it is stopped by some device, a fire in a duct has a clear path to spread throughout the building. It can also easily spread from the burning duct to nearby combustibles.

All ducts accumulate dusts which can be highly flammable. In some applications, there may be an array of other combustible materials collected in the ducts. Ducts in the food production industry notoriously collect flammable greases and oils.

In proximity to all this fuel, there is also a lot of electrical equipment used in ducted systems. Any arc or short is a potential ignition source. Additionally, if the ducts are exposed to radiated or convected heat, there is a much higher possibility of the combustibles inside igniting.

A fire in ductwork can be disastrous on several fronts. First, there is the threat to life safety. By design, most ducts are installed where people work, so the exposure can be significant.

Secondly, the ducts can spread the fire to areas remote from the origin. In addition to spreading the damage, this makes it difficult for fire crews to locate and extinguish.

The potentially catastrophic outcome notwithstanding, even a non-catastrophic fire can be a costly, disruptive affair. There is the obvious expense of the ductwork and associated equipment that is damaged, contaminated, or has to be replaced. Additionally, there is the damage to nearby surfaces that have been impacted by the fire.

The biggest loss, however, most likely will be from business interruption. Most likely, all areas that were serviced by the ducting will be taken offline. If the duct spread fire to any other areas, they will be disrupted as well.

The Solution

Ducts expose so much of a facility and its personnel to rapid and easy fire spread that it is only prudent to protect these spaces. Their small, enclosed, unmanned environments are ideal for a Stat-X® electrically operated fire suppression system. The Stat-X total flooding system quickly extinguishes non-explosive duct fires and extends its protection throughout the ductwork by remaining airborne for up to twenty minutes.

The compact units are easily installed in locations where they will not interfere with the operation of the duct system while still providing complete coverage of the space. The Stat-X electrical fire suppression system can be connected to a fire detection system for activation.

The rapid response of the Stat-X system acts to suppress duct fires while they are still manageable, thereby reducing spread and damage and minimizing business disruption. And also of tremendous importance, discharge of a Stat-X unit does not damage equipment and requires minimal cleanup.

Stat-X fire suppression is currently protecting fire suppression for ducts worldwide. Find out more today.

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"After researching available special hazard (fire) systems for the very best protection as well as compliance with safety and environmental issues we found Stat-X technology as the product leader."

— Engineer, Leicestershire, UK

An affordable, simple solution for safeguarding industrial ducts in a fire event

Industrial manufacturing companies need a compact, durable fire suppression system for ducts that quickly detects and extinguishes fires, complies with regulations, and protects your crew, assets, and the environment.

 

Stat-X has many listings and approvals that supports these criteria, offering quick and effective fire suppression, durability, minimal maintenance, and environmental safety in their industrial ducts.

 

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Stat-X Fire Suppression Features:

An alternative to traditional special hazard Fire Protection

  • Effective Agent PerformanceHighly effective based on required density
  • Compact and ModularOffering adaptable design especially when space and weight are critical
  • Simple and Economic InstallationNo piping required, resulting in significant savings on parts and labor
  • DurableIdeal for harsh environments and remote locations
  • Made in the USA
  • Long service lifeService life of fifteen (15) years
  • Virtually Maintenance FreeNo cylinder weighing requirement or leakage risks
  • U.S. EPA SNAP listed for normally occupied and unoccupied spacesRegulatory certainty. No risk of future regulations interrupting supply
  • Environmentally FriendlyZero potential for global warming or ozone depletion
  • Installed on every continent
  • 329 distributors
  • 750,000 sold worldwide
  • 94 countries

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Stat-X is an ideal fire suppression alternative to HFC based systems that are being regulated out of use through various global movements; and to PFAS based systems that are starting to face significant regulatory pressure at the local level, and likely to be more widespread in the coming years.

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