Halon Fire Suppression Systems
Halon Fire Suppression Systems service
There is no rule for replacing the old Halon suppression system. By the 1990s this system stopped being produced because its gas is harmful to the ozone layer. However, its use has not been banned. The fact is that there are still thousands of these systems still active, and their active agent can still be bought in the market and recycled. The problem lies in the discontinuity of the system, and its limited availability for part replacement – the risk potential in systems without maintenance is large.
If you find yourself in a room during a fire hazard, the Halon system discharge is safe and will not damage your integrity. The fire protection industry has tried for more than 40 years to disseminate this message, but even today there are people who think the gas released is dangerous. The common misconception is that halocarbon removes oxygen from the air, but what happens is that the system reacts with all three major components present in a fire: fuel, oxygen and ignition source, not removing oxygen.
So how safe is it? Intense research was conducted to determine the toxicity of Halon over time. In the past, these surveys were carried out by observation in laboratory animals, and the researchers were testing and determined two main levels of agent concentration: the Non-Level Observation Adverse Effect and the Minimum Effect Observation Level.
More recently, researchers have used a method called the “Psychological Pharmacokinetic Model,” to determine a more accurate assessment of how long a person can be exposed to the chemical compound. Through these studies, Halon concentration and time levels that a person may be exposed to the product have determined that it is safe.
This type of system is no longer produced, but its agent is still available in the market in recycled form. For this reason, it is still allowed to recharge these days. There is nothing that forces the user or company to remove this system, but its components for maintenance are very limited in the market, sometimes extinct.
If Halon is housed in cylinders, it can be reused. Some distributors and users have been doing this for years, even before being found to damage the ozone layer. Recycling is the only way to get the system, and it is a highly recommended practice.
Contact Omega Fire Protection for recycling, removal or replacement of your old system in Los Angeles!