Fire Suppression SystemsIf a fire ever breaks out inside your business or in a building you own or operate, you are going to want to have a fire suppression system in place to eliminate the risk of damage and put the fire out as quickly as possible. A fire suppression system can literally be a lifesaver in the event of a fire, and it can give you the peace of mind that comes along with having one installed even if you are never forced to deal with a fire. There are several different types of fire suppression systems on the market today. Take a look at the three most common types of fire suppression systems below.


A fire suppression system that relies on water is the most common type of fire suppression system, and most people choose to have them installed in businesses and buildings. You can choose from either an automatic sprinkler system that will turn on as soon as it senses smoke, heat, or fire—or a manual sprinkler system that needs to be turned on in order to start working. Both can be effective during a fire.

Some common types of water-based sprinkler systems include:

  • Traditional wet pipe sprinkler systems
  • Dry pipe sprinklers
  • Pre-action fire sprinkler systems
  • Deluge sprinklers

Chemical Agents

While most people choose to go with a fire suppression system that uses water to put out fires, there are also several chemical agents that can be used to get the job done. Potassium carbonate is one chemical agent that can be used to put out a fire. It’s a wet chemical that is often found inside of fire extinguishers.  There are also some dry chemicals that can be used in fire suppression systems.

Inert Gasses

Once a fire starts, it needs a steady supply of oxygen to spread. Inert gasses like argon and purified nitrogen can be used to choke out a fire by cutting it off from oxygen in the air. There are some companies that will install fire suppression systems that use inert gasses since water can often cause damage to electrical equipment, furniture, and more. Inert gas fire suppression systems are defined as using one or more of the gasses nitrogen, argon or helium.

Regardless of which type of fire suppression system you ultimately choose to go with in your business or building, Davis Ulmer Fire Protection can help you install it. We have experienced fire suppression system installers who can set you up with the best system for your specific property right away. Call us at 716-691-3200 today for more information. We are the leading fire protection contractor for New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.