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7 August 2018

With a range of direct automatic fixed fire suppression systems now certified to LPS 1666, Craig Halford considers the new opportunities and advantages this presents

IN A world where organisations are ever more reliant upon business critical technology, the protection of equipment from any downtime, delay or destruction is increasingly important. Your company, staff and ultimately your customers rely on your ability to deliver your services, operate your facilities or simply dispatch a sales order on time.
 
A fire situation of any size that is not dealt with quickly and efficiently can have a huge impact on your business continuity, often rendering it unable to function efficiently, if at all. Small energised enclosures, including those used for distribution, control, communication and server equipment, can present a particular problem where faulty equipment, damaged wiring or improper installation can increase the risk of fire. 
 
It is possible to find enclosures such as these, frequently in multiple numbers, in more or less every workplace, factory, warehouse or general commercial site. Fires in such enclosures can be difficult to identify and often not until it is too late to take action or until the fire has developed to such a stage that room suppression fire detection devices are triggered.
 
This article will look at the fire protection of electrical enclosures, as well as the new thinking and new solutions now available with direct automatic fixed fire suppression systems certified to LPS 1666.
 
LPS 1666
 
LPS 1666 is the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) certification standard for the approval of direct low pressure (DLP) application fixed fire suppression systems, with Jactone’s pneumatically actuated fire suppression system (PAFSS) the first system in the world to meet the requirements of the new standard. Systems certified to this standard are especially suitable for the protection of high risk or vital infrastructure energised enclosures often used to house electrical distribution systems, switchgear, control, communication and IT equipment. Read the full article


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