Case Study 2

“This is the safest way to protect all electrical and electronic equipment with little or no loss in downtime.”

Richard Heywood,
Maintenance Supervisor,
Little Flower Manor


FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . Kidde FM-200 Fire Suppression System
DATE INSTALLED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April, 1997
SYSTEM DESIGNER/INSTALLER . . . Bell-Fast Fire Protection, Inc., Ridley Park, PA

PROTECTED SPACE: Power room containing high-voltage switching panels and transfer coils. Occasionally inhabited by service personnel.

WHY FM-200 FIRE SUPPRESSION: After extensive consultation with Pennsylvania Life Safety, PECO and the insurance carrier, Little Flower Manor determined that a water sprinkler system would not provide adequate protection for the power room. Richard Haywood, maintenance supervisor, solicited advice from Bell-Fast Fire Protection, Inc. Based on the concerns of all parties involved, Bell-Fast recommended a Kidde FM-200 Fire System.

EXTINGUISHING EVENT: On June 18, 1997, at approximately 10:15 p.m., a smoke detector in the power room tripped an alarm. The fire started in the 500 KVA transfer coils and spread to a 13,200-volt switch. After holding the alarm for the required time period, the Kidde FM-200 System flooded the room with FM-200 and extinguished the fire.

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE: The fire was suppressed within five minutes of the initial alarm. There was no damage to any other area of the facility.

RECOVERY: Little Flower Manor installed temporary electrical equipment and resumed normal operations within hours of the fire. The Kidde FM-200 System was reinstalled after restoration was completed on the power room.

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