To find the answer to this question, we need to look at why a Suppression system is required in the first place.
Please watch this video to see how the Fire spreads in less than 15 seconds! This is called the Flash Over point.
When the Flash over happens it makes escaping or surviving almost impossible.
Notice the speed in which the fire takes hold.
Our Objective here at Vapoumist is Life Safety, and to improve Survivability.
Heat is released from the fire over time and therefore allows the fire to grow. In the early stages of a fire heat is released. It will hit a point where the growth is rapid. The Flash over occurs when the temperature of all the materials in the room are so high, the flammable content in them is evaporating and self igniting.
What can we do to protect ourselves from this??
We have several lines of defence against growing potential life-threatening fires.
The Smoke Detection is to alert the occupants to leave the room / building before the Flash over begins.
Fire Doors and Compartmentation are also used in Fire Safety and these are great defence moves.
However, what happens when you want an Open Plan space in your property????
This is where Automist comes in. The Suppression systems are installed to activate before the Flash over occurs. The system reduces the heat to suppress the fire, taking one element from the fire triangle will in turn extinguish it.
Whilst this is happening, the Plumis Automist system has been tested that a person can remain (if they are trapped and waiting for evacuation) for 30 minutes within the same room.
How does Plumis Automist compare?
|Plumis Automist Wall Based Head||Sprinkler||Ceiling Mounted Automist|
|Activation Method||Heat Alarms along with Smart Technology||Frangible Bulb||Frangible Bulb|
|Almost Impossible to activate in error||Yes||No||No|
|Amount of Water Used Per minute||6 Litres per minute||46 – 60 Litres per minute||12 Litres per minute|
|Can it be stopped Manually||Yes||No||No|
|Early Activation||Less than 2 Minutes||3 Minutes||Less than 3 Minutes|
|Full test including discharge of in service nozzle as part of annual maintenance||Yes||No||No|
|Installers and Installations Regularly audited and checked by Manufacture||Yes||No||No|
|LABC Registered Detail for Easier approval from Building Control||Yes||Yes||No|
|Operation Pressure in Bars||100 bar||0.5 to 12 Bar||Unknown|
|Materials on display||Brushed Steel||Brass Plated||White plastic|
|Pressurised static water, with potential for leaks inside ceilings and walls||No||Yes||Yes|
|Smoke washing (Bring Smoke down to floor level to eliminate spread thought the building)||Yes||No||No|
|Standard Compliance BS8458||Third Party Verified equivalent||Yes||Manufacturers declares compliant|
|Suitable for retrofit installation||Yes||No||Yes|
|Temperature for Activation||57 degrees C||57.2 – 73.9 degrees C||57 degrees C|
|Tested to BS8458 Fire Performance||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Water damage worse than Fire Damage||No||Yes||No|
|Won International Awards for Innovative Solutions||Yes||Yes||No|
The average water mist droplet has a surface area that is 100 times greater than the volume of water released from a sprinkler system, so they offer more effective fire suppression.