Indianapolis is a large bustling city in the Midwest. As a center of commerce, it has a large number of commercial buildings that house critical electronic records, paper records and backups of those records. Most insurance companies take extreme precaution through redundancy distributed across two or more commercial buildings. Nevertheless, a fire at any of these sites can be devastating and lead to unrecoverable loss. Therefore, fire suppression is a point of emphasis for commercial security services in Indiana.

The Old Trend: Sprinkler Systems First

In the past, commercial security in Indianapolis has employed water sprinklers as the primary form of fire suppression. Such systems are cost-effective and provide a number of advantages, such as being able to activate only in those areas where the fire is present. A water-based system is able to both contain and extinguish the fire, and the approach is effective at protecting surrounding rooms from heat, smoke and fire damage. Fire sprinklers, however, have one significant shortcoming: The water used to extinguish the fire destroys paper records, and it can damage electronic equipment, thereby leading to the loss of sensitive electronic records.

The New Trend: Fire Suppression Systems First

The new trend in fire security in Indianapolis is to use waterless fire suppression as the first line of defense. When using water to combat fire, there are no degrees; it is an all-or-nothing strategy. The purpose of using a waterless system is to allow it to activate first, particularly in areas that are prone to water damage, such as computer rooms, telecommunication closets and areas that house other water-sensitive valuables. A waterless approach does not replace a water-based one; they work together. When the system detects the heat, smoke or fire, it activates the fire extinguisher component first. If that component fails to extinguish the fire, then it activates the water sprinklers.

The Benefits of Waterless Fire Suppression

The primary advantage of a waterless fire suppression system is that it can be effective without the loss of information, equipment, technology and time. Another advantage is that the approach is modular. Therefore, a commercial structure can primarily use fire sprinklers and use the extinguishers only in the areas where they are needed. A third benefit is that cleanup, repair and restoration are much easier and less expensive when a waterless system has been used, as compared to a water-based system. Lastly, waterless systems can activate as quickly as water-based systems do, and studies show that in severe fires, there is no additional loss cause by using the chemical agent first followed by the water.

F.E. Moran Security Solutions

F.E. Moran is a nationwide security company and a leading provider of commercial security services in Indiana and the rest of the United States. F.E. Moran uses Cease Fire’s unique and patented approach to waterless fire suppression, which employs a dual-agent overhead extinguisher. The chemical agent is non-toxic and non-corrosive, and the system is safe, fast, effective and cleanup-friendly. Cease Fire’s CFF 800 unit is state-of-the-art and will extinguish and contain most fires without the need for wet protection. F.E. Moran also installs a water-based redundant backup system for full protection.

Jeremy Simmons
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