1. Fire protection refers to the steps taken to reduce the risk of fire, including the use of fire-resistant materials, proper installation of electrical systems, and regular maintenance of equipment. The goal of fire protection is to prevent fires from starting in the first place.
  2. Fire prevention involves measures taken to prevent fires from occurring, such as educating people about fire safety, enforcing fire codes, and conducting regular inspections of buildings and equipment. Fire prevention is focused on identifying potential fire hazards and taking steps to mitigate them before a fire can occur.
  3. Fire suppression refers to the actions taken to put out a fire once it has started. This can include using fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, or calling the fire department. The goal of fire suppression is to quickly extinguish the fire and minimize damage to property and people.
In summary, fire protection focuses on preventing fires from starting, fire prevention is about reducing the likelihood of fires, and fire suppression is about quickly responding to and extinguishing fires that have started.
The iMist suppression system and traditional fire sprinkler systems work in the same way when it comes to activation when there is a fire. Both systems wet the surface of the fuel, and the surrounding area, to cool and suppress the fire like a blanket of water. However, only the water mist fire suppression systems work in all three ways simultaneously, with minimal water to extinguish a fire;
  1. Upon activation of a water mist nozzle, the system will begin to discharge high pressure water mist. The mist will fill the 16m2 area (per nozzle) with a fine mist – which will travel around the room, dampen all surfaces it can get to and thus, restrict fire spreading.
  2. When the water is discharged at a high pressure, the room temperature is reduced dramatically due to a reaction between the fast-moving colder air molecules and water molecules against the heat from the fire, much like cold air displacing hot air.
  3. As the water mist has direct contact with the flame, it turns into steam. The steam particles then displace the oxygen particles around the fire and thus, suffocates the fire.
Unlike many Hollywood films, only the nozzles situated in the area of the fire will release the mist.