DuPont Fire Extinguishants today delivered a keynote address on the benefits of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) clean agent fire extinguishants at the Society of Fire Protection Engineers – Saudi Arabia Chapter (SPFE-SAC) Fire Science and Technology Conference and Exhibition in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Mark L. Robin, technical services consultant, DuPont Fluoroproducts, explored the history of clean fire suppression agents, the key properties of halons, and the more recent global adoption of HFCs as environmentally preferred halon replacements. HFC clean agent fire extinguishants currently protect billions of dollars worth of valuable and sensitive assets in over 100,000 installations around the world.
“The Montreal Protocol banned production of halon in 1994 and today, as the supply dwindles, many are seeking an appropriate replacement extinguishant for their halon systems,” said Greg Rubin, global business manager - DuPont Fluorochemicals- Specialties. “Worldwide, safe and effective waterless, clean agent fire extinguishants are critical to protect high-value assets, and the focus of this presentation has been to increase the industry’s understanding of HFC clean agent fire extinguishants, which retain the desirable advantages of the halon agents but do not contribute to the depletion of ozone.”
The presentation outlined why Halon 1301 and Halon 1211 appeared to be the ideal clean fire suppression agents for more than 30 years until they were identified as contributing to the depletion of stratospheric ozone. It also detailed the properties of HFC-type clean fire suppression agents, which today protect high-value assets in a wide range of applications, including the oil and gas industry, where they are used on offshore platforms and storage facilities around the world. They are also critical to protect computer control rooms and network infrastructure in high tech facilities, and valuable cultural properties such as museums and libraries as well as the often irreplaceable items they house. HFCs are preferred due to their superior safety, environmental and performance properties.
DuPont has been a leader in fire protection and a driving force in the development of safe, clean halon alternatives for more than 35 years. The extensive family of DuPont™ FE and FM200® clean agent fire extinguishants can be used in new applications or to replace halons in existing systems with minimal modifications. Unlike water or other dry chemical suppression methods, DuPont clean agent extinguishants are non-conductive and non-corrosive, so they are safe to use around precious valuables. Additionally, they do not leave behind residue that may damage sensitive electronic systems, so they can help to minimize post-fire clean-up and business downtime. DuPont™ FE and FM200® clean agent extinguishants are safe to use where people may be present. They also have zero ozone-depletion potential and are environmentally preferred to halons.
For more information about DuPont Fire Extinguishants, visit http://cleanagents.dupont.com.
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