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Fire Suppression Systems Protect your Home and Business

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Fire Suppression Systems Protect your Home and Business

U.S. fire departments responded to more than 365,500 home structure fires in 2015. These fires caused:

  • more than 2,500 civilian deaths
  • more than 11,000 civilian injuries
  • $7 billion in direct damage

Roughly 80 percent of all civilian fire deaths in 2015 resulted from home structure fires.

If you were to look around your house today, would you be able to find an up-to-date fire extinguisher?  The odds are probably not in your favor.  And you are actually safer from fire in a hotel.  Why?  By law a hotel must have a Fire Suppression System.

Autonomous Fire Suppression Systems Versus Hand Held Extinguishers

A hand held extinguisher is a portable device.  They can be found under sinks, in boats, in garages and in cars. During a fire emergency someone must operate the extinguisher and hopefully control the fire.  On the other hand, Fire Suppression Systems operate autonomously.  In other words, the fire suppression system will come on by itself, put out the fire and then turn itself off. Most Building Codes require commercial operations and multi-person dwellings to have both suppression systems and extinguishers.   Click here to learn more.

Types of Suppression Systems

  • Fire sprinkler systems
    • Wet or ones that use water
    • Dry systems are used in freezing conditions, for the protection of valuable collections and other water sensitive areas
  • Gaseous fire suppression
    • inert gases and chemical agents are used to extinguish a fire.
    • Also called Clean Agent Fire Suppression
  • Wet and dry chemical agents

Join Our Family

Please give us a call at (772) 461-6845 so we can show you the benefits of joining our family of customers.  We are experts in our field.  We provide on going training and certifications for our technicians.  Many of our customers come to us from our competitors that simply can’t provide the expertise and precision that we deliver each and every day.  Even if you have equipment installed by another company, we can inspect, test and correct any issues that we find.

Mel Folbrecht

Mel Folbrecht is President and co-owner of Fire Equipment Services of St. Lucie, Inc., a firm established in 1946. Fire Equipment is licensed by the State Fire Marshal and U.S. Dept. of Transportation, to provide and maintain fire equipment. Mel's expertise is the design of commercial automatic fire suppression systems primarily for paint spray booths, vehicles and commercial kitchens. Mel developed a pre-engineered fire suppression program, which he certified with the Florida State Fire Marshal's office, and has been teaching to Fire Marshals around the state of Florida for 30 years. Mel teaches at Indian River State College located in Fort Pierce, FL, where Mel and his wife, Lucy, sponsored and outfitted a fully functional fire suppression lab. Additionally, Mel developed submittal and inspection checklists to aid fire authorities in their review and initial functional tests of pre-engineered systems. Mel is also a co-owner of a fire alarm and a fire sprinkler company. Highlights: Served in U.S. Air Force 1967-1972 Attended both Florida State and Barry Universities Worked in restaurant management and consulting 1974-1985 Served as a board director of AGC 1998-2007: AGC North Region Golf Committee (8 yrs- chairman 4 yrs). AGC North Region Advisory Committee, Chairman (3 yrs). AGC Board Member of the Month, 2002. Served on the Board for Florida Restaurant Association and President of the Treasure Coast Chapter Vice President of Operations for S & S Food Management Vice President of Solutions Plus, a restaurant consulting firm

2 Comments so far

Tyler MeredithPosted on1:44 pm - Aug 16, 2017

I like that you mention how a fire suppression system can act autonomously, unlike a fire extinguisher. It makes sense that extinguishers are important to have around, although, they won’t be much use if you aren’t. This could be helpful to remember for any sort of application because whether it’s a restaurant and somebody leaves the stove on or if it’s a home and somebody drops a match, having the ability to suppress the fire without actually being in the area could be helpful. Thanks for the post! http://www.northernfire.com.au/services

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