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Difference Between Fire Prevention, Protection & Suppression

In this article, we will try to break down what the individual terms “fire prevention”, “fire protection”, and “fire suppression” mean. However, they work interconnectedly to minimize damage when a home or building is on fire. Continue reading to learn more. 

Fire Prevention

Fire prevention is known as the measurements taken to prevent the likelihood of a serious fire. This works by placing flammable objects out of the open and securing points of ignition like:

  • Heaters
  • Electrical sockets
  • Kitchen stoves
  • Fireplaces
  • other potential areas.

This applies to both residential and commercial buildings. With a proper prevention strategy in place, your property may be saved from fatal damages, if not all.

Fire Protection

Fire extinguisher system

Fire protection aims at containing the damage (caused to the property and its occupants)and the spread of fire. There are two main categories that it can be classified into:

  • Active
  • Passive

Active Fire Protection

This involves using active mechanisms that kick in when fire or smoke is detected. They include automatic fire sprinklers, fire alarms, and more. This allows the fire to be weakened and reduces the chance of a major fire.

Passive Fire Protection

This method focus on making structural changes to slow down the spread of fire. Such as installing fire doors, walls, cavity barriers as well as fire protection boards. These structural enhancements make it difficult for the fire to move across freely.

Fire Suppression

As the term, “suppression” suggests, fire suppression mainly aims at extinguishing the fire as quickly as possible. However, in today’s time of technological advancements, water isn’t the only substance used for suppression. Fire suppression systems also use: 

  • Dry chemical agents
  • Liquid substances
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Inert gas

A well-placed fire suppression system may be the difference between extensive fire damage that require a complete redo, and damages that were contained within 1 or 2 rooms.

Safeguard Your Property from Major Fire Outbreaks

Together with combined efforts of fire prevention, protection & suppression systems, your home or business may be saved from major downfalls. If you need such systems for your property in the Golden Triangle region of Southeast Texas, North Texas & Dallas-Fort Worth area, Advanced Systems Alarm Services is the company that can help you out. Reach us by simply calling at 409-204-4898 or clicking here to contact us online.