Originally posted on 12:32 PM on June 23, 2015
Last updated on September 20, 2022


Which is better, Automatic Fire Sprinklers or Clean Agent Fire Suppression?

By: Rachel on June 23, 2015
Last Updated: September 20, 2022

Preaction Automatic Sprinkler versus Clean Agent Fire Suppression for High Value and Mission Critical Assets

Well as the old saying goes, you can’t compare apples to oranges. Oh and by the way, we need both!

In most cases, automatic sprinklers and clean agent fire suppression systems are used for completely different purposes.

  • To control the fire in order to save lives and the building structure
  • To extinguish the fire completely in order to save critical equipment or assets

Most of our customers in mission critical facilities have a number of systems integrated together working to accomplish both. The question we often hear from those that are not familiar with clean agent suppression is “why would I hassle with a clean agent system and why would I want to pay more money for it?”

Response time and down time, that’s the answer. In the time that it takes an automatic sprinkler system to activate, critical equipment and expensive assets are lost. See figure below.

Preaction vs. Clean Agent Suppression

Now, don’t get me wrong … Century Fire Protection believes in sprinkler systems. They are a very large part of what we do here. Sprinkler systems save lives and building structures. Furthermore, they are highly reliable. We are just suggesting that when you have high-value assets, mission critical operations, irreplaceable art, rare books, expensive manufacturing/process equipment and/or downtime isn’t in your vocabulary, you might try clean agent fire suppression.

For more info about clean agent or other special hazards fire protection systems contact our Special Hazards Division.

Topics: Fire Sprinkler, Fire Alarm