Fixed fire extinguishing system container content test, measurement and validation

Published:  14 January, 2015

Fire Industry Association publishes guidance for the fire protection industry.

The guidance defines the physical procedure and calculation methodology of content within fixed fire extinguishing system containers to enable comparison and interpretation of the results obtained against the requirements.

The extinguishing content covered by the guidance encompasses CO2; liquefied super pressurised extinguishants (eg FM 200, Novec 1230); liquefied non-super pressurised (eg FE 13); and inert gases.

The guidance highlights how the correct verification of the contents of fixed gaseous extinguishing systems is essential for these systems to remain serviceable and effective. Limitations of test equipment and (potentially) operator skills can lead to errors.

The guidance provides detailed information on the methodology and test equipment available for each type of extinguishant, as well as pros and cons for each. The guide aims to help interested parties ‘make informed decisions’ and maintenance companies ‘provide an effective service.’

The testing equipment and methodology evaluated includes:

  • Radio-active devices
  • Ultrasonic devices
  • Thermal indicators (including thermal imaging cameras)
  • Weighing
  • Capacitance siphon tube
  • Float devices
  • Pressure measurement

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